We’ve all seen the black guy now featured on the BP commercials. We know that they needed to find a fresh face to replace the beleaguered CEO Tony Hayward. The interesting thing about the Tom Joyner show is he does seem to have his finger on the pulse of Black America. Sure we heard Darryl Willis proclaim the fact that he grew up in the region and he was handling claims, but we wanted to know why and this morning we got some our questions answered. Willis has been working for BP for 20 years and one of the reasons he volunteered to work with the BP claims was the way the claims were handled during the Katrina crisis. He knew the people needed their claims processed quickly and he wanted to help facilitate it. He said the company is even committed to helping people with insufficient documentation file legitimate claims. He helped his mother after Katrina and he said that process did not go smoothly and he learned how not to do certain things, and he brought his insight into this process so that the BP victims would not experience a similar fate. In some circles Willis has been demonized and called the “the fall guy”, but that might have more credence if he had been the first face speaking on the spill, but Tony Hayward had that distinction, and we see how that turned out. This morning on TJMS Willis came across as sincere and committed, but time will tell as we see how quickly the gulf residents are made whole. In the meantime it was good to hear Willis say more than the scripted words we have heard him utter on the commercials.
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The president and his team seem to be fully engaged in resolving the Gulf Oil spill, but along the way there have been times when his friends and his foes have questioned his actions and in some case his inaction. The Republicans have highlighted what they see as missteps on the administration’s part in this ad. Tell me what you think. Is it partisan politics or does it ring true?
Over the weekend Tony Hayward was seen at a yachting competition in England. People are furious that this man would take a day off in the midst of this crisis. Today, President Obama is supposed to play golf with Vice President Biden, and the other night the president took his daughters to a baseball game and some have a problem with this, but is this really fair? Hayward who has become a master of PR gaffes does have a life other than the spill. He is tasked with overseeing the gulf disaster, but he still has other things including his family that demand some of his time. He is CEO of BP that is his job and like it or not people do take time off from their jobs. The work still goes on if Hayward steps off American soil. He might be arrogant and out of touch, but the man does deserve a brief respite from the crisis. Do you work 24/7? No. It would be against the law. You need time to rest and revive, and hopefully a rejuvenated Hayward might actually learn feet are for walking and not constantly sticking down one’s own throat.
Tony Hayward the CEO of BP is back home attending a yacht race. In light of the fact that oil has been spilling for 60 days and is still spilling does he deserve a day off? He has made a number of PR gaffes and he stonewalled the congressional hearing on Thursday. He is no longer featured in the BP apology commercials now the face of BP is a black guy who says he grew up in that area. So it is apparent that the Chairman knows there is no love lost between Hayward and the citizens of the Gulf, but the question remains does this guy deserve time off? Tell me what you think.
On Thursday afternoon, Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for actions taken by the White House. He called the actions taken by the Obama administration tantamount to a “shakedown”. This terminology plays into the Republican narrative that the president engages in ‘thug-like’ old-style Chicago politics. To his surprise Barton was chastised by his own party and demonized by the opposition. We have a United States congressman apologizing to a company whose actions and inactions have devastated the Gulf Coast. We have seen the people who have suffered devastating effects because of the spill and Barton is apologizing because the president has asked them to set aside 20 billion dollars to help make the people and the region who again. Barton hardly expected the swift and firm response to his self-centered politically motivated monologue. He probably thought of his congressional colleague Joe Wilson and said he too would be hailed as a hero. Wilson called the president a liar at a joint session of Congress, and the next day his political coffers were overflowing, but he did not calculate this situation correctly. It was wrong for Wilson to scream out during the Congressional meeting, but his actions reflected the anger of a certain segment of Americans, but Barton might have been playing to the right wing pundits, but there is a larger segment of Americans that are suffering and happy to hear the president is taking steps to help them financially. So there is not segment of this country that believes BP is due and apology so this political stunt blew up in his face. Barton was forced by members of his own party to issue another apology for his first apology. Barton said “I want the record to be absolutely clear that I think BP is responsible for this accident, should be held responsible, and should in every way do everything possible to make good on the consequences that have resulted from this accident,” Barton said later in the day during the committee hearing. “And if anything I said this morning has been misconstrued in an opposite effect, I want to apologize for that misconstruction.” Barton also issued another apology to the White House apologizing for the use of the term “shakedown. ”Barton said “I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP. As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future. “I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident.”* It was Barton’s intent to bring attention to himself and he achieved that goal, but he never thought it would end quite like this.
Related video courtesy of Newsy.com: http://www.newsy.com/videos/barton-apologizes-to-bp/
In 2008 we were experiencing high gas prices. We were paying close to $4 a gallon and BP was happily raking in record profits. They were laughing all the way to the bank, well what a difference a couple of years makes. BP is the nation’s Number 1 villain. They caused the Gulf Oil spill, they lied about the amount of oil spilling, their CEO has been a lousy spokesperson and many people in that region now are unemployed. This is Day 52 of the spill and we continue to criticize BP and all those associated with this national catastrophe, and while we do this their stock price keeps plummeting. We expect BP to pay for the entire cost of the clean up, make all individuals with legitimate claims whole, but we continue to castigate them daily in the media. So what would happen if BP goes bankrupt? A lot of people would be up the proverbial creek. So let’s continue to hold BP accountable, but let’s hope that they stay solvent because if they don’t and BP goes under we will be dealing with bigger problems than the oil spill.
Earlier this week Tony Hayward said to a group of reporters that he wanted his life back. Of course everyone involved in this tragedy was outraged. Eleven people lost their lives in this disaster and millions have and will lose their livlihood so it hard to feel for a CEO who is sick of being at the site of the oil spill. Yes, he is probably hot, miserable and frustrated, and perhaps he is not the best spokesperson for this situation, but BP has issued and apology and he is the talking head delivering it. Do you believe him or is this simply good pr?