Using The Crisis Playbook

  As the oil continues to spill in the Gulf Of Mexico a new controversy has arisen.

  It seems as if the CEO of BP, Tony Hayward, has been seen on his yacht of the coast of England. This has angered the press, the people of the Gulf Coast , and it would seem, White House Chief of Staff  Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel said, when asked about the yachting trip, of Mr. Hayward, “And I think we can all conclude that Tony Hayward is not going to have a second career in PR consulting.”

  It would seem to me that Mr. Emanuel is making a prediction that Mr. Hayward may be losing his job at BP .

   Now from a public relations stand point, the yachting trip may not have been such a good idea. But it really doesn’t bother me that much.

  Let’s be logical about this. Did Mr. Hayward’s going yachting in anyway stop or hamper the clean-up efforts? Did his being out on a yacht cause more oil to spill into the Gulf? Was he completely out of touch with those who were still hands on in the clean-up effort?

  What do these people think? That the CEO of BP is the one and only person in charge? That if he isn’t within ten miles of the spill , that all work grinds to a halt. How many times has President Obama played golf since this started? And yet the clean-up continues.

  No my friends, this latest attack on Mr. Hayward and BP isn’t about him being out of touch. It is the White House and the press using the Crisis Playbook again.

  We saw the same sort of thing when the financial meltdown happened. The CEOs were criticized for their previously planned trips to the Caribbean, and Vegas. We saw it with the auto industry takeover, when those CEOs were laid low for using their private jets to come to Washington, to be laid low.

  This is another case of the Obama administration using class warfare to anger the “SMALL” people, so as to set up the need for the government to take over the oil industry. Mark my words, in the near future we will be told that the oil industry cannot be trusted to run such a dangerous industry without government being in control. Even more so than they already are.

 And one last point. People in high stress jobs need time away from that stress. If not they suffer burn out, which can lead to mistakes. We have had enough of that already.


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