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

Ought the BP CEO not yacht?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/19/art.haywardcn0619.gi.jpg caption="'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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  1. Don

    You know I get that BP messed up, this is an enormous tragedy, and it needs to be fixed. BP needs to take full responsibility for the mistake made, figure out what could have been done to prevent it, and take the appropriate measures in the future (if they are still around) to prevent it from happening again. However, I don't care who you are and what you do, everyone needs time off time recoup. The media is so extreme in everything they do it makes me sick. Who cares what the guy does in his free time. Are we saying he should have no free time? If so I totally disagree. Let's be logical about this whole situation. An ecologic tragedy of great magnitude justifies a vacation of great magnitude in my book. If the guy needs a day off to go race his yacht on a Saturday and the clean up proceedings are moving forward appropriately then so be it. The guy is the CEO of the company. He's had a rough week and he's human. Although some may feel otherwise, he's not going to go down there and clean up the spill with his own two hands. Let's be a little understanding and let the guy still have some time to recoup and be mentally ready to make the right decisions moving forward.

    June 19, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. DBM

    I would like to propose that Tony Hayward be considered as the best example in the last century to the principles, courage and and responsibility of the late, unlamented R. Bruce "scarper" Ismay.
    Hayward and Ismay are evidently two of a kind!

    June 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. ee

    So many people show "false" outrage. The politicians aren't the only ones. Just a few months ago, these same people criticizing the BP CEO were in bed with the oil industry.

    June 19, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. John D.

    I really dont care what this man does as long as he stays over there
    you know the country we saved in ww 1 and ww2 keep that idiot over there cause he dont no shat and proved that to congress we have enough idiots here without adding the biggest moron in the world to the mix keep him out of the gulf theater and watch our military and government and state leaders take charge ....

    June 19, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. JazzMan

    This guy us a class-A moron. He has NO concept of public relations. His sensitivity radar has been gummed up with his personal wealth and ego. The fact that he doesn't understand that he's his own worst enemy right now is proof positive of his massive shortcomings as a leader.

    June 19, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. D

    Why are people complaining...after all business will always regulate itself and do the right thing. That's what we are constantly told. Just another case of another person/business profiting at the expense of everyone else, while they live it up and other's suffer. Republican politics at it's finest.

    June 19, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. ddarl

    So what if he is yachting or watching a ballgame or some other thing. He is not an engineer and neither are our congressmen/women or President Obama. None of them have a clue on how to stop the leak. Their constant presence is not needed and it is better if all of them get the hell out of the way of those that can and do know how to work on solving this problem. Thanks to US and EPA laws and the so-called environmentalists (with mental being the nut kind), w the US could not allow the Dutch or other nations to bring their equipment into the Gulf to help. They have much experience in keeping the English Channel and European harbors clean of these types of spills. Instead of declaring a National Emergency and getting Congress to pass emergency Legislation to open the gulf to their equipment, our President, Congress and others just scream and yell that somebodys ass is in trouble. Really helpful, as it seems the oil is still spewing and we still can't allow those that can help to do so. Just like the people in New Orleans still do about Katrina. Instead of pitching in and helping, they just want to sit and bitch. Good thing they don't live in the midwest because they would have to work cleaning up after a disaster.

    June 19, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. o8er

    Why does a CEO get paid to be a CEO? So they can lead in these types of situations. Step down please Mr Haywhoever.

    June 19, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. righand51

    I don't blame him. He was slammed publicly like a witch. He deserved to get away a day or so and get his sanity back. The setup he got in DC was disgusting to watch, not from him so much but our own politicians acting like idiots. The woman they kicked out should never had been in there and showed a little of what was to come. How did that happen? Disgusting to watch our so called leaders at work.

    June 19, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. Allan

    Why shouldn't Mr. Hayward go yacht racing? Will his not yacht racing stop the oil leak? It's probably a lot of fun. And to be effective in the racing experience requires team work. Something he could work on.

    June 19, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Ryan

    He took his first day off, and nothing would have changed today if he was in the gulf. Shouldn't really be a big story, overblown. What does anyone think about the President golfing? Seems like that should be included as a similar story, but again I don't think it is a big deal at all.

    June 19, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. B J Wright

    If President Obama can go to Ohio on basically a campaign and self promo tour, attend the Chicago baseball game and then play golf with VP Biden, I don't see why BP CEO Tony Hayward can't attend a yachting race? The president cannot stop the oil leak and neither can the CEO. President OBama was spending tax payer dollars and Hayward was spending his own monet. Add it up.

    June 19, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. candida

    Look...it is bad but this guy cannot stop living, and should not stop living. Maybe he should stop eating sea food as well.......he is crusified......his life is forever labled by this disaster.....enough.

    June 19, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Jay Peterson

    Are you serious?
    When you're that rich, rules of common sense no longer apply.
    Their view is screw the world as long as I get mine.

    June 19, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. Phil

    Pig oink oink he should go skinny dipping in the gulf

    June 19, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Nathan

    He couldn't do anymore if he was standing on the banks of the golf. Americans need to stop worrying about this guy yachting and start seriously looking at ways to promote clean energy sources. We created these oil monsters with our huge oil appetites and our stupidity with not looking at the future of clean energy. We let idiot politicians tell us to "drill baby drill" and we applaud them as if they said something profound. Now we have a disaster like no other and as we usualyy do we want to blame everyone but ourselve. Don"t get me wrong. I blame BP for some of this mess. The real fault lies with us for not freeing ourselves of the companies and the middle east.

    June 19, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. Audrey

    Did you get all excited when George Bush and John McCain were having a smash up birthday party during Katrina? Did you get all excited when the Auto dealers were flying around in private jets while begging for taxpayers dollars? Did you get all excited when the Wall Street thieves were paying themselves massive bonuses, while getting government bailouts? This is so typical of the U.S. lately, blame all them "foreigners". The fact that the American run companies do the same crap doesn't seem to garner the same outrageous outcries as the "foreigners" do.

    June 19, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  18. Dan

    This story is more revealing about BP's true intentions, which is to save the product and not worry about anything else around the chaos. The product is more important than anything else, the product is the future of BP, and conservative America is willing to back them up on that.

    June 20, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. barry

    If our President can take off for golf, concerts, etc, then I guess Tony Hayward can go to his yacht race. I mean why not both Hayward and our President have completely botched the efforts anyway. Very sad for the hard working Americans on the coast that are in the fight of their lives.


    June 20, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
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