Tony Hayward

Can Obama get his presidency back?

Can Obama get his presidency back?

BP chief executive Tony Hayward committed a faux pas when he admitted he wanted his life back. President Barack Obama is too smart to say it aloud, but he wants his presidency back. To that end, the president’s team this past week unilaterally declared an “inflection point” in the Gulf of Mexico debacle. He framed […]

GOP leaders force Barton to retract ‘shakedown’ claims

GOP leaders force Barton to retract ‘shakedown’ claims

Who’s sorry now? Rep. Joe Barton, that’s who. The Texas Republican, the House’s top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions since 1990, apologized Thursday for apologizing to the chief of the British company that befouled the Gulf of Mexico with a massive oil spill. His double mea culpa plus a retraction, executed under pressure from […]

BP CEO to Congress: ‘I’m devastated’

BP CEO to Congress: ‘I’m devastated’

A day after agreeing to a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s chief executive expects to tell Congress that he was “personally devastated” by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and understands the anger that Americans feel toward him and his company. […]

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company’s leaders. It will be on his turf and, he vowed to an angry nation, on his terms. “We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused,” Obama declared in his first Oval Office address, […]

BP cut corners, cost on doomed ‘nightmare well’

BP cut corners, cost on doomed ‘nightmare well’

BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a “nightmare well,” according to internal documents released Monday. The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an […]

Obama looking for some asses to kick

Obama looking for some asses to kick

President Barack Obama says he wants to know “whose ass to kick” in the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Some might suggest the President should start by kicking his own ass. Obama tried staged anger as a ploy today in interviews with NBC’s Today Show. He tried out some new material, […]

BP claims progress in capping oil-spewing well

BP claims progress in capping oil-spewing well

BP appeared to make progress early Saturday in capping the worst oil spill in US history, but President Barack Obama warned the British energy giant not to shortchange victims of the disaster. BP offered the first positive signs since the massive oil leak began April 20, placing a cap on a ruptured pipe, which appeared […]

BP’s public relations nightmare

BP’s public relations nightmare

What do you call a gigantic man-made disaster that is threatening to despoil the ecosystems and wreck the economies of the Gulf Coast? The answer is important, if you happen to be one of the companies responsible for it. The massive slick spreading toward Louisiana has gone by several names since crude oil began gushing […]