BP's Tony Hayworth Faces Congress-- Joe Barton's Nose Up His Ass
This has been quite the week for the disastrous hell-on-Earth that is the Gulf of Mexico oil leak catastrophe.
First, we've had the widely panned Oval Office speech delivered by President Obama. Unfortunately-- and keep in mind that I like the man-- I was incredibly disappointed by the substance of the speech. It didn't really sound like him, there was very little substance, it was way too short, and not very inspiring. It wasn't the worse speech I've ever heard, but from him...I guess I expected more.
The next day, it was announced that British Petroleum would set aside $20 billion dollars as a first step to "making things right." Most people were impressed with that number, although some GOP members have called it a "shakedown"-- a "shakedown"! Assholes. Leave it to Republicans to kiss the asses of businessmen while they shit on the "small people."
Now, today-- Thursday June 17th 2010, over 60 days after the accident-- British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayworth testifies in front of Congress and...says NOTHING. I mean, people bitch at Obama for being aloof-- THIS guy is the champion of being completely and totally detached, disengaged, and unresponsive. For hours, this man has done nothing but regurgitate the same talking points over, and over, and OVER again...with a smirk on his face. Now granted, it could just be that his stupid mouth is shaped in a way that makes it appear as if he is smirking when his is not...but it's disgusting. He is disgusting. He should be tied to a post and every American (Gulf Coast residence first) should form a queue to either punch him in the gut or kick him in the crotch.
Given the fact that this man was briefed ahead of time as to what he would be asked (as stated by Rep. Waxman), Hayworth shows up with NO answers. He claimed that he was either uninformed, or wasn't there, or wasn't part of the decision-making process. Does that mean that I, or that almost any person reading this article right now, could be an oil executive as well? One of his favorite answers is "we are conducting an on-going investigation", which, of course, he was unable to determine when it would be finished. How can a man that makes $6 million dollars a year (as he claims) know so little? And the attitude this prick has on top of everything else-- as if he is being inconvenienced by the line of questioning he has to face. I kept having the impulse to punch the screen while watching this dirt bag.
For the most part, this was a bi-partisan affair. Both Democrats and Republicans were equally outraged, not only by the disaster, but by Hayworth's answers. But then we have professional ass-kisser Joe Barton. Barton actually had the balls to apologize to Hayworth and BP for the hearing and their $20 billion dollar escrow:
"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," said Barton. "I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown -- in this case a $20 billion shakedown -- with the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the American people, participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that's unprecedented in our nation's history, which has no legal standing, which I think sets a terrible precedent for our nation's future."
He later retracted this apology after being threatened by GOP leadership with the loss of his Energy and Commerce Committee seniority. Again, it's nice to see the GOP leadership acting like that have some sense for a change.
While all of this is going on, workers are getting sick, people's livelihoods are jeopardized, the environment is in danger, and tons of animals are dead, dying, or will be dead soon. And the oil just keeps on flowing. And we are still no closer to stopping it, or cleaning up the Gulf.
Hayworth made a point to say, multiple times, that he wasn't there, didn't know what was going on, didn't know that key decisions were made, and still expects everyone to wait for this on-going investigation. After watching this man for the last several hours, I feel very comfortable with saying that he is nothing but an evasive, unresponsive, irresponsible, ignorant bastard.