[Quote] “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) during a hearing on Thursday morning with BP’s CEO Tony Hayward.” 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.”
“I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize,” Barton added. “I do not want to live in a county where anytime a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, [it is] subject to some sort of political pressure that, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown.” [Unquote]
Earlier this morning I turned on the television and saw this commercial.
Later I find out that BP has spent millions of dollars on an advertising campaign to protect its public image.
You know what Tony Hayward. Fuck you, and your bloody image. No matter how much money you spend on corny, disingenuous commercials, it will not help your image.
You know what would be a better approach to ‘protecting your image’? All that money you are wasting on advertising, use it instead for the relief effort. Putting a genuine effort (and some of your billions in profits) into fixing your mess is your best bet to get some of your pathetic excuse of a life back.