McAuley’s Comments in Bold Blue:
[I view this article as the “closing act” of the “political theatre” presented this last week in Congress, “political theatre” in the form of a “play” entitlted “Congressional Hearings On The Gulf Oil Spill”.
The “latest act” is this article from a compliant press intent on distracting the “common man” from the true crisis. An article created by Congress for Congress. A compliant AP published this article to help provide “cover” for the U.S. Congress and to help Congress hide its incompetence. Once again the American people have been subjected to the spectacle of a Congress badgering a witness with their “perfect hindsight”, because they failed to perform appropriate “oversight”. An article intended to deflect attention from the fact that Congress may have failed to enforce our existing laws one again.
Congress will do anything to hide their incompetence, to mask their dereliction of duty. Congress will seek to demean and degrade. They know no limits, they have no decency.
Just another “scene” in Congress’s political theatre of the macabre; a “scene” where the Politicians assume the costumes of the “concerned legislator” and of “vigilant oversight”, characters rushing to complete their lines and their lies, before the final curtain falls.
This article serves one purpose; Congress people will falsely tell their electorate that they “took care of” Tony Heyward, just as Congressman Stupak implied when he asked, “Do you plan on being BP’s CEO very much longer”. The charade will continue as the Congress people plead for your vote, imploring, “Heyward got what he deserved”, and we are, “not through with him yet”.
Let me make my point “perfectly clear”, my comments are not in defense of CEO Heyward. My condemnation is of the false impression this article creates and the “system” that intentionally creates the “impression”. The “system” that presents this “play” for the common man’s consumption, the system that politely applauds the actor’s performances and then asks condescendingly whether we, the “unwashed masses”, know that this “Act” has ended.
What a performance we were treated to. Waxman playing the Jester, delivering his lines flawlessly as he accused the witness of “kicking the can down the road”. What cheek! Such inpudence! Few would dare to be so brazen!
Then there was Stupak, reprising his role as Judas Iscariot in Obama’s production of “The Passion Play”. Few will forget Stupak’s betrayal of the unborn for his 30 pieces of silver. The media watched in awe and sat breatlessly as this actor dared questioned the witness’s integrity. Unbridled duplicity! What incongruity! Bravo, bravo, only in Washington! How the east and west coast media lavished their praise.
If transparency is what you seek …. remember you won’t find it at the “theatre”.]
Questions about who’s in charge of BP oil response
NEW ORLEANS – Who’s in charge? Depends on whom you ask.
BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told Britain’s Sky News television on Friday that CEO Tony Hayward is on his way out as the company’s point man on the Gulf oil spill crisis. He said Hayward “is now handing over the operations, the daily operations to (BP Managing Director) Bob Dudley.”
[Mr. Svanberg is the Chairman. Mr. Hayward is the CEO and reports to the Chairman. Mr. Dudley is a Managing Director, or a Vice President if you use American business titles, and Mr. Dudley reports to Mr. Heyward]
Other company officials insisted, however, that Hayward was still the man and that the switch had already been announced and isn’t immediate.
[These “actions” are not “mutually exclusive”, and contrary to what is being implied, do not signify that Heyward has been demoted. Tomorrow Heyward could be fired and BP could file for bankruptcy, however, for today – this action does not “imply” what is being reported]
“Until the acute part of this crisis is over, until the leak is capped, Tony Hayward is still very much in charge in the response of this crisis,” BP spokesman Robert Wine said.
Wine said Hayward “will at some point hand over the management of the aftermath,” and that Dudley is putting together a team that will “make sure that the long-term impacts are met with as well as the legal, political repercussions from this crisis.” Other company spokespeople also said Hayward was still in charge.
[Dudley, as a Managing Director, will continue to report to Heyward, just as he did before. It appears that Heyward is transitioning back to his “regular job”, the job of running the entire BP empire as the Company’s CEO, not just overseeing the American Spill effort. As the United States is dependent on BP’s continued success to have the costs of this disaster paid, I wish Mr. Heyward and BP every success in the future.]http://cbs4denver.com/business/BP.Gulf.response.2.1761026.html
As Oil Spews in Gulf, BP Chief at UK Yacht Race
In what one environmentalist described as “yet another public relations disaster” for embattled energy giant BP, CEO Tony Hayward took time off Saturday to attend a glitzy yacht race around England’s Isle of Wight.
As social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook lit up with outrage, BP spokespeople rushed to defend Hayward, who has drawn withering criticism as the public face of BP’s halting efforts to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Spokeswoman Sheila Williams said Hayward took a break from overseeing BP efforts to stem the undersea gusher in Gulf of Mexico so he could watch his boat “Bob” participate in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The 52-foot yacht is made by the Annapolis, Maryland-based boatbuilder Farr Yacht Design.
The annual one-day race is one of the world’s largest, attracting more than 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors as world-renown yachtsmen compete with wealthy amateurs in the 50-nautical mile course around the island.