View Full Version : Obama WH Changes Reason Obama Hasn't Talked to BP CEO

06-10-2010, 03:31 PM
Great leadership. Avoid, deflect, create a crisis, say "ass", photo op

WH Changes Reason Obama Hasn't Talked to BP CEO
When President Obama was asked by NBC's Matt Lauer why he had not yet called the CEO of BP about the Gulf oil spill, he said he assumed CEO's just told presidents things they wanted to hear.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had another answer.

Gibbs said Obama hasn't called CEO Tony Hayward because -- according to what Gibbs called the "executive structure of corporate governance" -- the CEO alone isn't the final word on company decisions, which are made by the board of directors.

"Look, the CEO is elected by the board. Anything that the CEO wants to do has to be approved by the board," Gibbs said.

Later, he added: "I'm telling you, based on the corporate governance structure, in order to implement what -- whatever you get from BP the CEO has to get clearance from the board to do. That's -- that's the corporate governance structure is -- is laid out."

So did that mean that Obama had picked up the phone to talk to some of these powerful board members?


Gibbs said repeatedly that the government is in contact with officials at the company. And he pointed several times to a meeting demanded by Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen Wednesday to discuss the claims payment procedures with BP officials.

But pressed on the question of direct contact between Obama and Hayward, Gibbs repeatedly returned to the idea that it was the board -- not the CEO -- that would be calling the shots.

"Again, again, the CEO plays a role, but the way their board is devised, the chairman of the board and the board OK what happens," Gibbs said.

06-10-2010, 03:37 PM
Real answer = We don't want anybody to know that BP contributes to democrats too.

Taco John
06-10-2010, 05:30 PM
It blows my mind that Obama hasn't been in constant contact with teh CEO of BP, let alone hasn't even spoken to him once.

I can't think of a single good reason why he shouldn't have called by now, and apparently neither can his team.

06-10-2010, 05:45 PM
That's a pretty disingenuous response. Suddenly the CEO, who Obama and Dems have made out to be the villain at every bank, carries no weight.

06-10-2010, 05:48 PM
money to look the other way...