BP CEO Tony Hayward preparing for his congressional testimony today
Well, watching Hayward’s congressional testimony thus far has been a frustrating exercise, more a textbook example of lawyered up stonewalling.
The Mustache of Justice, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), tried in vain to get him to answer the questions posed in the committee’s letter they sent to him Monday. The letter identifies five key engineering decisions made by the company that indicates they chose profit over safety.
Hayward didn’t answer any of them, saying he was out of the loop, that the company is doing a detail internal investigation, blah blah blah.
The highlight so far was Texas Rethuglican Joe Barton apologizing to Hayward for Obama’s “shakedown” yesterday when he got a commitment from BP to set up an open-ended $20b escrow fund to pay claims. Said Barton, now an instant Tea Bagger hero:
I do not want to live in a country where anything a citizen or corporation does something that is … wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure, that again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown.
As Rhandi Rhodes is fond of saying:
Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya
UPDATE 12:55 PST:
I’ve heard Van Jones say this before, and he just said it again on MSNBC in the context of Barton’s apology to Tony Hayward. (Jones was Obama’s former green energy adviser until Glenn Dreck, et al, succeeded in getting him fired for remarks he once made about the 9/11 Commission.)
Paraphrasing, Obama’s victory in getting BP to commit to a $20b escrow fund proves that he’s kicking BP’s ass while corporate fellators like Barton are busy kissing it.
Meanwhile, Barton is catching all sorts of hell from his fellow Rethugs, one of whom is demanding that he resign his committee chairmanship. The White House immediately came out with a strongly worded written statement, followed by a live followup from VP Joe Biden.
Christmas has come early for the Dems.