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. sugarmama

    It certainly doesn't endear him to South Louisiana. He's enjoying his high-class fun on clean waters while our Gulf, culture and livelihoods are dying. Just another big middle finger to all us small people.

    June 19, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. sbkilb

    I am saddened and sickened over what ishappening in the Gulf waters and the states affected by this.To make a few points, the people of that area welcomed off shore drilling. It provided jobs and economic growth to the area. They over developed the area making it more prone to extensive damage from strong storms.You live in a high prone area to hurricanes you should be aware of the outcomes.They our filing claims from lost wages,cancellations etc. Our they going to expect BP to pay the parking lots because no tourists are there? Are they expecting BP to bail out the grocery stores because they aren't selling what they normally would be? Really they seem to want BP to compensate them for everything. I abhor BP's disregard for safety and the "enviormental holocost" they have caused down there. The citizens themselves should be taking the blame for not being more pro=active to the safety concerns. They our now building sand berms to prtect certain areas,while scientists have said they won't work yet American tax dollars will once again "bail out" this area and the people there, when alot of it they brought on themselves.

    June 19, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Papagino

    So the rich guy has a hobby? Is this any different than the president (any president) giong golfing? People need recreation, so Mr Hayward sails a yacht, he's the CEO of a multi billion dollar international corporation. What did you expect him to do to blow off steam, go bowling?

    June 19, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Liza Heider

    Tony said he wanted his life back. He meant it. So, why not go sailing!!? Will he be sailing through the oil invested waters in the Gulf and retrieiving a few oil covered Pelicans on the way?

    June 19, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. zimbot

    TH needs to keep a low profile during the response period. Doesn't go over well with the affected people.

    June 19, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. EJ

    Don't think anyone else's life stopped, he's human too.

    June 19, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Ron

    The errors that BP made, the short cuts, the blunders they made, that those issues killed many employees, that it will leave several thousands of fishermen out of their livelihood, many beach resorts in banckrupcy. ....THAT IS THE ISSUE ,!! Whether the CEO goes on a yacht for a few hours?, Who cares??? The fact remains that in 50 plus days the Company and that same CEO could not find a way to minimize the result of this accident, so a few hours of entertainment does not change the panorama. It is obvious he/and BP do not know what to do to resolve this big dissaster. So let him "enjoy" a few hours, his conscience will take care of him for the rest of his life.

    June 19, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. igeuf

    I'd like his yacht to get covered in oil.

    June 19, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. jeff

    ought the pres tell the coast guard not to stop boats from sucking up the oil just because theres not enought life jackets?

    June 19, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Nicole

    Any of his spare time should be spent on the coast physically helping with the clean up.

    June 19, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. jilli

    Should the entire world cease to function normally because of the oil gusher? I understand and am sickened by the enormity of the disaster in the gulf, but, c'mon...

    June 19, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. Karen

    I don't see an uproar about Obama going to the baseball game today, yet he should be equally focused given both the spill and everything else he has to do.

    June 19, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. snow

    Hey, the liberal media does not get on nobummer's case when he takes alot of time off. He is always playing golf,playing basketball, going on date nights and is on vacation more than he is in the White House.

    June 19, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. A Mukherjee

    Well, after all no one was bothered if Warren Anderson, the ex-CEO of Union Carbide, could golf or not after his company killed over 50,000 people in Bhopal, India. Here hardly a dozen people and some marine animals have died. So let Mr Hayward enjoy his life.

    June 19, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. I. C. Yew

    The media make it appear that Mr. Hayward personally dove into the water and intentionally set off a charge to blow up this rig! An explosion occurred that was tragic in every sense of the word, but stop the execution already and let's concentrate on stopping the flow of oil both from the source and from reaching our shores. What's wrong with Mr.Hayward going sailing? Didn't I just see a picture of president Dumbo at the basegall game yesterday? Why wasn't he blasted for that? Of yeah, he runs the media, and wouldn't shoot himself in the foot would he?

    June 19, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. BPisDispicable

    So let me get this right...he's off enjoying the ocean on his posh yacht while the animals in the gulf coast are dying and people and businesses are in ruins?! He could care less that his dispicable actions and decisions that lead to the oil spill will change the lives of many and for years to come! This guy is unbelievable!!! And he knew what he was doing would be condemned if uncovered which is why he attempted to go incognito! What a complete jerk and moron!! He along with all the other BP Exec belong in prison! Just unbelievable...what a DBag!

    June 19, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. rickinmo

    Who cares? The criticism is becoming a bit ridiculous. BP has admitted they made a mess with their oil rig, taken responsibility and have vowed to pay for the damage. I do believe they have failed miserably but, after almost two months of dealing with this disaster even he deserves a day off. Let the guy step back and reflect out of the public eye. At this point the criticism is becoming very petty.

    In addition, the performance of congress was ridiculous as well. We all know corporate executives aren't involved in every decision made by their employees especially in a corporation as large as BP. They just had to get their one liners in to put on a show. Going before congress should be serious business not a side show. The hearing made every effort to humiliate him and did not contribute to any solution. Kicking a guy when he's down doesn't feel very American. Ask intelligent questions, get answers and solve the problem

    June 19, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. dan

    What a piece of garbage this guy is.These guys see one thing only$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    June 19, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. bennie new york

    Why is this dirtbag not in handcuffs? He is an absolute criminal.

    June 19, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. The Weatherman

    I can't wait for the comments from the "whiners and slackers" that the media panders for advertising revenue. Democracy allows "whiners and slackers" to vote and have children.

    BP made a mistake. BP is doing as good as anyone could do given the technical challenges of their mistakes. Is the US Navy or Coast Guard equipped to fix the problem?

    Everyone should stop the "mealy-mouth moaning" and spend their energy doing something constructive – like helping to clean the mess. If a tornado hits town, everyone has to pick through the debris to salvage a way of life. You can't complain to nature or God. Some situations are so big you just have to pul-up your bootstraps and focus on fixing the problem.

    The Weatherman

    June 19, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Reach5

    I suspect he has his weekends off and gets off work at some point in the late afternoon during the week to come back at the start of the next day. Being on salary, as he undoubtedly is, he wouldn't get paid for overtime, but he's probably putting in a lot of extra time anyway, as people at that level always do. But he can't be asked to give up his whole life to deal with issues at work, anymore than any of us would work around the clock for months on end, grabbing sleep in the office or in the back of a pickup truck.

    On another point, are any politicians sitting along the shore in the gulf around the clock, including weekends? Or just bitching from their offices in DC, during working hours.

    June 19, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. Melissa Hash

    I'm sure that those families of the eleven who died are wishing they could just take the weekend off from their grief to race their yacht. Oh, wait, they don't have one.

    June 19, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Carroll Watson

    The anointed one is off playing golf. Why the hell shouldn't others be enjoying the weekend. You can't micromanage every step the grunts do. Give them the tools they need and get the hell out of the way.

    June 19, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  24. tyhouston

    What a stupid question.
    Sure he can yacht. And second why should we blame him? Was he on the rig? Was he monitoring natural gas build up? No? Got if every compnay had their CEO anwser for the lowest ranks mistakes they'd have new CEO's every 4 hours... grow up people they are fixing it best they can.

    June 19, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Senator

    actually this is no suprise, this is the world that these people live in...

    June 19, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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