Obama Wants to Kick Ass, Fire BP CEO

Barack Obama issued some verbal gems at a recent interview on NBC’s Today Show. The BBC has more:

In an interview with NBC, Mr Obama was asked about comments Mr Hayward made in the wake of the disaster, such as “I want my life back” and the Gulf is “a big ocean”. Mr Obama said: “He wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements.” He said he had visited the Louisiana coast “so I know whose ass to kick”.

The president has made three visits to the oil-hit coast since the disaster started in late April, talking to fishermen and oil spill experts. “I was down there a month ago before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf,” Mr Obama told NBC. “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers – so I know whose ass to kick,” he said.

Meanwhile, police are protecting Mr Hayward’s family at their home in Kent in southern England after they received hate mail and threatening phone calls. Maureen Hayward told the Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, about the growing hostility towards her and their two children.

“Members of my family have had nasty phone calls and we have also had mail from groups,” she was quoted as saying. “Tony is obviously away and we are miles away from him so it’s upsetting,” she said. There is an “ongoing police operation” involving Mr Hayward’s family home, the newspaper quoted local police sources as saying.

The New York Daily News has called him “the most hated and clueless man in America”.

Which begs the question: Why hasn’t BP fired Hayward? Is the company so embedded with US politicians and so confident in demand for its product that it doesn’t need any heads to roll?

If you watch recent interviews with Hayward, it almost looks like he might be relieved to be let go.

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