June 19th, 2010
06:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Ought the BP CEO not yacht?

'Gulf response efforts remain my top priority.' a tweet from BP's official Twitter account attributed to the embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward said Saturday.
'Gulf response efforts remain my top priority.' a tweet from BP's official Twitter account attributed to the embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward said Saturday.

(CNN) - A posh weekend at an annual yacht race off the coast of England has embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward once again treading water in social media, and tweeting a defense.

After Hayward took a verbal pummeling on Capitol Hill last Thursday over his company's handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill, photos surfaced Saturday of the CEO spending this weekend clad in sunglasses and a ball cap at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race off Britain's Isle of Wight. His 52-foot yacht "Bob" was part of the festivities.

In an apparent response to the slew of online complaints about Hayward's weekend away and his management duties, BP tweeted Hayward's response Saturday: "Gulf response efforts remain my top priority. To assure continued focus, Bob Dudley will support me on this full-time to make it right.Tony."

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Dan Eramian

    This is news? .....and what is everyone in the White House doing: kneeling in devout prayer

    June 19, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He's no different from the rest of the World's rich CEO's who still earn millions per year so why should anyone expect him to change.

    June 19, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. david

    holy hell the man is entitled to live. I didn't see so much drama when Obama was golfing and fundraising when the oil was spewing.

    June 19, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Joe, San Diego

    This not some Hollywood movie where the clean up is going to happen in the next scene... Tony went on a retreat to come back with a fresh approach to how to deal with this HUGE mess- I can only hope!

    June 19, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Let them eat cake.

    June 19, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. GuyinVA

    Just recently, on this very site, the greatest thing in the world was the president attending a baseball game. What's the difference? Neither event is going to change any part of the clean-up or well capping process.

    June 19, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. my2cents

    Environmental issues aside, how could Hayward not see that this would be another potential PR nightmare? The fact that he didn't think this might be a bad idea, and the fact that no one else at BP thought to suggest to him it might be a bad idea, makes me wonder if there is anyone in the company that might see the big picture.

    June 19, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. mj

    He has been replaced – no longer on duty. Why no news that Obama has played golf 7 times since this began! Not to mention less than 1 hour in Ohio using Air Force 1 and a full boat of Secret Service. He did have a Ball Game to go to.

    June 19, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. GuyinVA

    President Obama and VP Biden went golfing the same day. I'm not saying they are wrong. It just seems strange that neither CNN, nor any other news outlet of which I am aware, thought to mention it.

    June 19, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Tony Hayward

    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. There are literally thousands of workers and volunteers working in the Gulf right now. Surely I can take a few days off. Is anyone complaining about the Gulf fishermen taking time off? They haven't been working for weeks!

    June 19, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Phil T

    Amazing that CNN does not comment on the fact that the President and Vice President enjoyed a day on the golf course. I thought that the President would not rest till the well was capped. Golf is a restful activity as is sailing. Both parties were emphatic on their focus and both are having a liesure day. Both are wrong!!

    June 19, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Lib Hunter

    Maybe when hes done watching to boats he could join Obama at the baseball game. Unless of course Obama has to leave the game early to get 9 holes of golf in or perhaps attend a fundraiser. Any good concerts tonight?

    June 19, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Susan L.

    Okay, now that is a GREAT headline! "Ought the BP CEO not Yacht?" Ought he or oughtn't he? It is a conundrum, I do say. Beautiful touch of elitism. Bully! Huzzah!

    June 19, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Walter

    People complained bitterly about the guy and his attempt to placate Congress. They demoted the guy so he's not in charge of the oil spill anymore. Obama on the other hand prances about trying to convince everybody he's in charge. Where exactly is Obama? Golfing? Watching baseball? If he's in charge, what's he doing there?

    June 19, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. gijoeman

    PlanetX is real hahaha I know

    June 19, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. Stunned!

    Were Mr. Hayworth not English, I would have mistaken his actions as those of a conservative Republican.

    June 19, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. valwayne

    Who cares what Hayward is doing. We need Obama to get his act together and start helping rather than hindering the efforts in the Gulf!!!

    June 19, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    No, he shouldn't yacht! I am surprised barton and bachman and the quitter and paul are not on the yacht with him. After all they all think the President has been too tough on them.
    I am glad that he was able to "get his life back" so quickly. I am sure the Gulf problem was as far from his mind as it is for most of us who cannot afford a yacht!
    I don't care whether he was the face of bp or not. Going back to his life when so many others have lost theirs and their livelihood then stick it to everyone right on camera is close to criminal.

    June 19, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. JD

    The whole BP thing is a total nightmare. The CEO should have more common sense. I might add , how many rounds of golf has Obama played? Don't forget his first 2 hour visit to Louisiana, after being called out for ignoring the issue. His next stop was off on vacation to Hawaii to play golf. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The same can be said for our bought and paid for Congress. The whole situation exposes the dirty business politics has become.

    June 19, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. rukidding

    It shows an incredible lack of sensitivity on his part but then what is J.P. Morgan spending money, earned no doubt from the bailout money, sponsoring a damn race?
    Someone should douse his yacht with Oil, clog the bilges with oil and soak every crew member in oil. oh yeah don't spare on the feathers. The limey wanker.

    June 19, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. BILL, WI

    With modern electronic communications and video conferencing networks, someone could be 8,000 miles away and still respond if needed. Who else is important in this endeavor, and also went to a baseball game.

    June 19, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Nick

    What did you expect from an oil exec?
    He should have been down at the gulf coast in a while overall, shoveling oil off the beach. THAT would have been a class act.

    June 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. JT in FortWorth

    To paraphrase the brilliant Gov. Ann Richards – Poor Tony, he just can't help himself...he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

    June 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. ajane

    Ok lets see if I get this right.....You blast the CEO of BP but not a word about the numerous rounds of golf, the entertainment on a weekly basis at the White House and lest we forget, the family vacation. Classic...While Rome burns Nero fiddles. Hypocrisy of the highest level. You do understand don't you that the "little people" get it.

    June 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Thomas Reichard

    Of course he should be out on his yacht, just like everyone else. It is only fair to let him enjoy some time on the water. Because as we all know, once this oil gets into the gulf stream it is heading for England and then he won't be able to take his boat out.

    June 19, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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