Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Quote of the Day


"I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are
greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP.
We care about the small people."


-- BP Chairman Carl Henric-Svanberg

Wait a minute -- am I the only one who thinks this is a little suspicious? For weeks now, Tony Hayward has been the face of this disaster on the BP side -- everybody's favorite gaffe-prone punching bag. Now suddenly we're introduced to a new guy whose name sounds like he should be stroking a white cat while ordering the unnecessarily elaborate execution of James Bond.

What do you want to bet Mr. "Henric-Svanberg" makes a couple of more statements about how the people of the Gulf can go fuck themselves, sets an oil-soaked pelican on fire on national television, then is promptly "fired" by an outraged Tony Hayward -- who rides in on a white horse, Excaliber drawn, to vanquish the scourge in the name of decent people everywhere?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love that picture.

Riles said...

This is turning out to be like the Taliban "leaders". See: http://www.theonion.com/articles/eighty-percent-of-alqaeda-no-2s-now-dead,5159/

Every couple days there is a new face of BP, with a similar title to the others we've been seeing. The guy testifying yesterday was President (I believe), but I had never seen him before.

Che Grovera said...

Unless they do things differently in Britain -- not an outrageous possibility considering on what side of the road they drive -- the CEO works for the Chairman, so Hayward wouldn't be doing any "firing" in this scenario. That doesn't mean that Henric-Svanberg (huh?) isn't trying to out-douchepickle Hayward...he probably just makes even fewer public proclamations. Hell, with a name like that he probably has to be careful not to venture too far from his coffin in daylight.

Anonymous said...

In fairness, English isn't his primary language, and he was also talking about small businesses in the full context of the conversation.

But yeah, hard to imagine them sticking their feet in their mouth that bad, yet again.

Chez said...

Yeah, I get that (on all counts). Obviously I was fucking around on this. While it's tough to feel sorry for anybody who makes millions working for a huge multi-national -- let alone BP -- I do kind of sympathize with this guy since the language barrier prevented him from fully comprehending the lingo he was apparently going for.

Alanna said...

small people = common man in his vernacular. Still that pic is priceless.

CNNfan said...

Reminds me of Leona Helmsley saying, "Only the little people pay taxes."

Capt Aclow said...

One good way to avoid coming off as an out-of-touch elitist bastard is to not refer to the non-rich as "small people"...

Anonymous said...

This was actually the quote of the day...

"How unmoored from reality are Obama and his top advisers to think that some pretty words with so little substance could accomplish so much? It makes me wonder: Was that ultimately the lesson they took from the 2008 campaign -- rather than that a nation was hungering for, you know, actual change?"

- Dan Froomkin Huff Post