June 17th, 2010
11:35 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama, Hayward didn't talk one on one

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/17/art.hayward.0617t.gi.jpg caption ="BP CEO Tony Hayward did not have any direct one-on-one contact with President Obama during Wednesday’s White House meeting."]Washington (CNN) - As BP CEO Tony Hayward gets grilled on Capitol Hill Thursday, a senior administration official acknowledged Hayward never had any direct one-on-one contact with President Obama during Wednesday's White House meeting.

In defending that decision, the official said there was nothing the president needed to say to Hayward that he didn't say to the entire group.

Obama met for 20 minutes with the group of BP executives, then individually in the Oval Office for another 25 minutes with Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.

Asked if the president used strong language to scold the executives, the official insisted that the tone was "businesslike."

The official, who was present for part of the meeting, suggested the real arm twisting took place in the days leading up to the meeting and that while there were still sticking points, BP executives showed up aware of what they needed to do.

Filed under: BP • President Obama • Tony Hayward
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Tatjana

    BP will be investigated , Tony Hayward will be grilled by congress and then hopefully we will move on and apply the same scrutiny to MMS. and the Government and hold them accountable as well.
    All this grand standing by politicians is self serving and is not helping the task at hand , which is to stop the oil flow.

    June 17, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Penny Simpson

    You don't sit down with someone you might have to sue.
    Even divorcing spouses stop sitting down without witnesses at some point if things start getting acrimonious.

    June 17, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Riley

    Obama can't even act like a leader. He should have spoken directly to the CEO.

    June 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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