Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hayward To Be 'Sliced And Diced' By Angry Congress

BP group chief executive Tony Hayward will face Congress today after he and chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg met with Obama on Wednesday. Word has it that Congress is "fuming" at Hayward's interactions with the U.S. government to date.

BP's chief executive faces a flaying from furious US lawmakers Thursday over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a day after the energy giant pledged at least 20 billion dollars for compensation claims.

Tony Hayward faces fuming US lawmakers, some of whom have publicly suggested senior BP officials should "commit hara-kiri," after he and BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg were summoned to the White House on Wednesday.


Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., chairman of the oversight and investigations subcommittee, and the full committee chairman, California Democrat Henry Waxman, wrote Hayward this week to expect questions on documents showing company decisions before the explosion "that increased the risk of a blowout to save the company time or expense."

Ahead of the session, Stupak said of Hayward's appearance, "I expect him to be sliced and diced."

(I'll wager you never thought I'd quote Bart Stupak on this blog. Well, you lose!)

I hope Congress does the job with good, sharp knives, not those "it slices, it dices" devices (doggerel, anyone?) they advertise on late-night TV.

I'm off to the doc in a few minutes. If you see the event, let me know how it goes. If anyone ever deserved it...


  1. Congressional committees are full of sound and fury accomplishing absolutely nothing.

  2. mandt, the purpose of a congressional committee is to give the appearance of doing something, while in fact doing nothing. I expect no more of this one.

  3. Joe Barton certainly stirred up some sound and fury down here.

    I seriously doubt he will be invited to any campaign events along the Gulf Coast, but with the mental capacity of some of our supposedly elected representatives it is always possible.

  4. Bryan, Barton is a piece of work. Always has been, for as long as I can remember. I see he's now apologizing for having apologized to BP, but it's not getting him anywhere. Maybe, just maybe, he'll lose some power over this.

  5. Actually, the hearings did accomplish something...they gave campaign ammunition to the DNC. Ha!

  6. Truffle, you're right. Anything that discredits the discreditable... and IIRC, you live closer to Joe Barton than I do, so you know what he's like... has to be a good thing.



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