New White House excuse: Obama won’t talk to BP’s CEO because the board of directors is in charge

posted at 6:52 pm on June 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

Indescribably stupid. Between this and the “Sestak was only offered a nonpaying advisory position” nonsense, they’re not even trying to come up with good lies anymore.

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?

No.

My handle on corporate law is rusty, but doesn’t the CEO report to the board? Seems like he’d be an ideal conduit, short of a conference call, to communicating with them. But never mind that. As WaPo notes, Obama’s been meeting with CEOs of various stripes for 16 months. In fact, it was at a special meeting with financial CEOs in April 2009 that he uttered his immortally thuggish warming that “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” Is Gibbsy so short-handed to explain The One’s silence towards BP that he’s ready to pretend that never happened?

Tell you what. Let’s agree to let him slide on that if he’ll give us a straight answer on this Houston Chronicle report about the Dutch government offering to send oil-skimming tankers to the spill site early on — and being politely rebuffed. Wonders the Chronicle: “Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn’t needed, wouldn’t it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?” That’s part of a pattern by now of slow-go on containment and I’ve yet to see a story with a good explanation for why boats and booms are being refused. How about it, media?

According to PPP, Obama’s approval rating has only really taken a hit from the spill among people who disapprove of him already — but that may be changing, especially with reports like the Chronicle’s now trickling out. In fact, Jesse Jackson Jr laid into him just this afternoon, albeit for his “messaging,” of course, not for anything truly damaging that he might have done wrong. For your viewing pleasure, here’s the Upright Citizens’ Brigade’s take on containment, BP-style. Content warning.


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Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 7:31 PM

with you there…

cmsinaz on June 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM

*Sighs*…because BP can’t do anything unless it speaks to the Federal Government…It is the Federal Governemtn to say GO. Not BP.

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM

It’s actually THE PRESIDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY (part of that job he’s supposed to be doing) to handle any/all oil-spill cleanups:

The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 gives the president of the United States complete responsibility for immediate action in cleaning up an oil spill.

OPA, among other things, amended Section 311 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Section 311 specifies that:

(A) If a discharge, or a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance from a vessel, offshore facility, or onshore facility is of such a size or character as to be a substantial threat to the public health or welfare of the United States (including but not limited to fish, shellfish, wildlife, other natural resources, and the public and private beaches and shorelines of the United States), the President shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to remove the discharge or to mitigate or prevent the threat of the discharge;

(B) In carrying out this paragraph, the President may, without regard to any other provision of law governing contracting procedures or employment of personnel by the Federal Government;

– (i) remove or arrange for the removal of the discharge, or mitigate or prevent the substantial threat of the discharge;

and,

– (ii) remove and, if necessary, destroy a vessel discharging, or threatening to discharge, by whatever means are available.

Lourdes on June 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Do you think BHO had problems calling CEO’s when it came to campaign donations?

diogenes on June 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Lourdes on June 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Are you F-ing stupid or what. Who is the head of the Fededal Government besides rthe POTUS? The House and Senate who have to approve the mandates that the president asks for concerning a spill. The POTUS also tell the Head of the EPA yay or nay.

God.. STFU and LEARN. I didn’t Stutter about what I know. Obviously YOU don’t pay attention and had to post something you obviously had no clue about in the beginning. A.D.D. is obviously a issue for you.

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Obama could also talk to the board about their profit and earnings ratio at their next Quarterly meeting. On the job since day one!!!

Il Dunce

jukin on June 9, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Beat me to it. I love the the explanation of Oliar’s ratio at this site.

http://www.theneweditor.com/index.php?/archives/9287-Barack-Obama-and-Profit-and-Earnings-Ratios.html

How could these people be experts on corporate governance when they have no competence at the governing that they were elected to do?

ontherocks on June 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

This asshole is supposed to be smart?

Godzilla on June 9, 2010 at 7:05 PM

While there are plenty of facts in the record to support the first part of the statement. There are no facts in the record to demonstrate the second.

chemman on June 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Do you think BHO had problems calling CEO’s when it came to campaign donations?

diogenes on June 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

he’ll have them on speed dial by the next election…

cmsinaz on June 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Obama and his Administration are making arduous efforts to pummel and mash-up the nation as quickly as possible. Which I think is his/only actual goal, that and to have a lot of parties that someone else pays for.

Lourdes on June 9, 2010 at 7:29 PM

I thought they would do this slowly, but I think it is playing out their plan is to hit hard and fast so that when the base that voted him in realizes the truth it is to late.

truetexan on June 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Like Barry, you can tell when Gibbs is lying, his lips are moving

GarandFan on June 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

but I think it is playing out their plan

Oops.

truetexan on June 9, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Dumb as a bucket of rocks.

Terrye on June 9, 2010 at 7:47 PM

he’ll have them on speed dial by the next election…

cmsinaz on June 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

-
:)

diogenes on June 9, 2010 at 7:48 PM

The Official Site of the Joint Investigation Team

Deepwater Horizon

Joint Investigation

http://www.deepwaterinvestigation.com/go/doctype/3043/54031/

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Does anyone think that they have stalled because they want a disaster so large, they can just slip in cap and tax and everyone will go along?

Bambi on June 9, 2010 at 7:49 PM

It has been said already many times, but bears repeating. The spill is a crisis to no let go to waste, if it wasn’t initially the delaying tactics of Team’O’ has allowed it to become one.

1st,by accepting and then passing on BP’s estimates of the flow rate, despite CG’s on site evaluations and NOAA’s sat imaging.

2nd, by turning down assistance from Dutch skimmers and offers from other countries to assist. I’ll remind you of reports that the assets used in Suadi spill were made available, but refused.

As Chrysler atty Furia stated when that Co. was usurped and handed to the UAW, “this the worst ends-justify-means crowd” he’d ever seen. The means is the spill, the ends are Crap & Tax.

This group in the Oval is getting desperate, the dogs of revo lu tion on the left are frothing at the mouth, see San Fran Nan’s meeting with Code Pink this weekend. The left is insisting on seizing full enactment of their radical agenda NOW, before the mid-terms and a changing of the President in ’12.

Their failure in Lincoln’s primary and the subsequent success of the TEA party’s efforts in the primaries has them running scared. They know that if TEA party fueled Rep’s take over there will be investigations, lots of them. Leading to many things going back many years, once investigators start cracking open union books all h*ll will break loose, and “respectable” Dhim’s from multiple Administrations are going to jail.

They’re all-in now and they have nothing to lose by not resorting to the most heinous tactics, but they have EVERYTHING to lose if they don’t close the deal now and cement their control absolutely before its too late.

Its going to get very interesting from here on out, mark my words.

Archimedes on June 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Let’s see
.
1. Major Oil Company drilling disaster in US territorial waters, threatening large sections of coast with contamination and economic collapse for several industries in area
.
2. President dragging his feet on handling the situation, talking to the Important People at the Major Oil Company
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3. Top Presidential Adviser linked (obligated to?) to previously mentioned Major Oil Company
.
I think Rahm is about to experience an oil leak or two, very personally, from a particular political bus.
.
Will BP come clean? Will Rahm be capped in June?
.
Stay tuned. The worst is yet to come.

Arbalest on June 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM

This is the Official DeepWater Horizon Investigation site!!

Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Transcript – May 12, 2010.pdf

With the blueprints and schematics to boot!!

http://www.deepwaterinvestigation.com/go/site/3043/

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Its 3:00AM….and…..

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 7:54 PM

[Bambi on June 9, 2010 at 7:49 PM]

Well, they’ve gotten the disaster large enough for Pelosi to propose a $15B confiscation tax from oil companies.

Dusty on June 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Bambi doesn’t know anything about business so he figured a CEO is like The President and the Board of Directors is like The Cabinet.

And since Bambi spends most of his time, how did it put it? …

Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a [President], he’s going to say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions.”

So Bambi’s confusion is understandable. Why bother talking to a guy who’s playing golf all of the time and hanging out with sports teams?

PackerBronco on June 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

So can we now say that BP is Obama’s Halliburton?

chemman on June 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Full-on Marxism coming soon to a country near you…

Ogabe on June 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM

But, but, but…. every time Obama calls BP the line is busy.

The joke is on you Zero they gave you Mary Landrieu’s senate phone number.

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 7:57 PM

“Indescribably stupid.”

Not really, AP, since our president had no executive experience prior to his White House OJT, Professor Clueless really has no idea what being a Chief Executive Officer means. He’s simply ill-informed and ill-equipped for the job at hand.

redslippers on June 9, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Archimedes on June 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Spot on.

chemman on June 9, 2010 at 7:58 PM

PackerBronco on June 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM
Hey go easy on Bambi. Could we call him obambi?
Just thinking he really has been too busy to call the ceo or the board – what with music festivals at the white house, or sport teams, or golf, or basketball or vacations. Can you imagine if Bush had done this? I can’t even think of the names they would call him.
I don’t understand why they are not using everything suggested to clean up the oil.

Bambi on June 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Obama is a dishonest man. He fired the chairman of GM over the weekend without the board calling a board meeting. He is very slimey. I suspect Obama has been told that BP is not an american corporation.
I suggest they file for bankruptcy and then Obama will have to argue with a judge. This would cap their claims and bring order to preferred creditors. A bankruptcy can drag in the 2 billion dollar cleanup fund created 20 years ago. Russia did a couple of sham bankruptcies. Obama has done a couple.

seven on June 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

This has got to be pissing Bush off. The public flogging he received because it took the Feds 2 1/2 days to get to Katrina and this fool is 7 weeks into this disaster and NOTHING from the media.

Obama will eventually go down in flames and I hope, HOPE, he takes his friends in the media with him.

ramrants on June 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

The Chief Executive of the United States doesn’t like to talk to other executives because they make him feel inadequate. Remember Zarkozy’s reaction after his meeting with the One?

walkingboss on June 9, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Can’t this “brilliant” guy at least keep his lies straight?

LASue on June 9, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Tony Hayward is a REAL CEO. A leader who has distinguished himself and arrived at the top of his field by hard work and honed instinct. Barry is an empty suit who won’t meet with him because…

Heyward would kick his ass. Bigtime.

swede7 on June 9, 2010 at 8:11 PM

The “Ass-Kicker in Chief” is a complete light weight and does not enjoy being reminded about it.

walkingboss on June 9, 2010 at 8:12 PM

If Obama had a clue about being chief executive he would have called BP on Day 1 and his first words would have been, “How can we help.” Instead we find out in today’s Houston Chronicle that the Netherlands – can you say Royal Dutch Shell? – offered shipborne oil spill remediation gear during the first week of the disaster only to be turned down by the White House. Incompetence that takes your breath away.

potkas7 on June 9, 2010 at 8:14 PM

The “Ass-Kicker in Chief” is a complete light weight and does not enjoy being reminded about it.

walkingboss on June 9, 2010 at 8:12 PM

that would be “Little Man Syndrom”.

upinak on June 9, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Let’s just get to the bottom line here.

Waffles the Clown isn’t going to do a thing about this.

BP is beholden to the Obama Administration.

So, what’s left? Americans pull themselves up by their boot straps, put on their gloves and boots and get moving. We’ll show up in droves, patronize businesses in the area and we’ll protect our own; do what we need to do, and we can laugh at the clowns that think they’re running the show.

We might be full of mud, dirt and oil, but at least we’ll be laughing. And in the end, all that matters is being American, helping our neighbors and firing these gat danged buffoons that think they rule us.

/rant off.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I’m envious that they actually have someone in charge.

BrunoMitchell on June 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Remember Zarkozy’s reaction after his meeting with the One?

walkingboss on June 9, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Sure do, and if I remember it correctly Sarkozy’s wife found Michelle-O equally detestable.

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Sure do, and if I remember it correctly Sarkozy’s wife found Michelle-O equally detestable.

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Well, MO is and facts matter!

Key West Reader on June 9, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Tony Hayward is a REAL CEO. A leader who has distinguished himself and arrived at the top of his field by hard work and honed instinct. Barry is an empty suit who won’t meet with him because…

Heyward would kick his ass. Bigtime.

swede7 on June 9, 2010 at 8:11 PM

BARRY’S MY BUD TAAA!!

cableguy615 on June 9, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Wasn’t that a home page photo featured on Hot Air (months back) of Sarkozy’s wife rolling her eyes while sitting by an angry Michelle Obama who was giving her an attitude glare ?

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Remember when Obama swore on TV he’d negotiate with the leaders of Iran “without preconditions?” He was being shown a photo of Ahmedinejad as the question was asked.

After McCain started to hammer him for being willing to meet Ahmedinejad, he retreated by saying that Ahmedinejad wasn’t the real power in Iran, Khamenei was. Therefore there might be no point in meeting Ahmedinejad anyway.

This is the same tune, different verse.

John on June 9, 2010 at 8:32 PM

This has got to be pissing Bush off.

ramrants on June 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Somehow I doubt it. GW is giggling right now in his sleep.

“So you want a lightweight to bring you Hope and Change, huh? Bwahahahahahah….”

Sir Napsalot on June 9, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Here ya go:
http://www.michellesmirror.com/

dragondrop on June 9, 2010 at 8:37 PM

W may find humor in Zero getting smacked down by reality yet Bush is probably worried like the rest of us that O-Toonces remains steering the automobile.

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM

The president of BP is, in fact, the correct person for the President of the United States to talk to. The Board is in charge of deep governance issues. An oil spill is not a deep governance issue. It has nothing to do with governance. The president of a corporation, on the other hand, is responsible for the day to day activities of the company. It is he who has to know every manager’s name, every asset, every dollar, every headline. The president of BP is the most responsible person for cleaning up in BP, and that is in the Articles and Bylaws.

So apparently the first ass which Obama selected to kick (the Board) was the incorrect ass.

GTR640 on June 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Citizens solve Americas problems.
Tonight on Fox a small town in Alabama brought in barges big enough to hold back big waves filled with oil. The city basically told the feds to go to hell and try and stop a local plan. The city won the feds caved in as if the city cared anyway.
We the people will clean up this mess long afte the idiot boy is gone. Bring in the hay shredders and the Dutch now.Tell the feds to get out of the way!

Col.John Wm. Reed on June 9, 2010 at 8:56 PM

W may find humor in Zero getting smacked down by reality yet Bush is probably worried like the rest of us that O-Toonces remains steering the automobile.

viking01 on June 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM

He must be a cab driver. He needs someone to give him direction or he’ll just sit there with the light on…..

BobMbx on June 9, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I am coming to understand this far too well:

It’s not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity, and make it work for you.
– Frank Zappa

ajacksonian on June 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Does anyone think that they have stalled because they want a disaster so large, they can just slip in cap and tax and everyone will go along?

Bambi on June 9, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Yes.

mbs on June 9, 2010 at 9:21 PM

I heard from a fly on the wall…

The Scenario

[ ring - ring - ring ]

CEO Hayward: “Hullo?”

President Slick: “Yes.. This is the precedent calling.. I’d like to invite you to the White House, so we can discuss ways and strategies on this oil leak thing.”

CEO Hayward: “Sorry.. The executive structure of corporate governance won’t allow it.”

[ click ]

That’s how it went down.. Honest !!!

franksalterego on June 9, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Business has a lanuage of its own. Obama does not know the language.

CWforFreedom on June 9, 2010 at 9:32 PM

My former boss, who is trying so hard not to be disillusioned in our fearless leader, was tickled pink over the “ass to kick” statement. Ooohhh, he’s so forceful.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Øbama is a private sector illiterate.

Actually, not too smart in the public sector either. His forte’ is leftist ideology.

petefrt on June 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Its 3:00AM….and…..
canopfor”

and the WH phones are “out of order.”

uhsooner on June 9, 2010 at 10:06 PM

t’s sort’ve hard to sit down and talk to the CEO of a company when you’re busy demonizing and criminalizing them. playing golf, going on vacations and partying at the WH to the tune of $10 million taxpayer dollars.

John the Libertarian on June 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM

FIFY (in case no one else already did)

GrannyDee on June 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Its 3:00AM….and…..
canopfor”
=============
and the WH phones are “out of order.”

uhsooner on June 9, 2010 at 10:06 PM

uhsooner:)

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 10:33 PM

At some point it will become an unavoidable conclusion that the handling of this disaster, the economy, unemployment, et al, is a concerted effort to destroy this country. There are worse things than an impeachment process that the Republic could go through. In fact, we’re going through that worse thing now.

UndercoverInLA on June 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

A neighbor of mine is a refugee from the old Communist Hungary. He was a big Obama supporter and is a huge liberal, so I was shocked earlier this evening to hear him warn that we in this country are losing our freedom and this country is on the road to communism. He said he watched it happen when he was young, and he sees the same things happening here now.

Holy moly. When liberals like him see it, it must really serious.

petefrt on June 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Hey Gibbs, wasn’t Andy Stern the CEO/President of SEIU??? Yet Obama chose to hold face-to-face meetings with Stern…

TN Mom on June 9, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Obama doesn’t like talking to people. First it was AZ Gov Jan Brewer. Now it’s the BP CEO.

Yes We Can! Or… maybe we won’t. Just kind of depends, I guess.

MikeknaJ on June 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Obama absolutely, honestly and sincerely, just sees no reason why he should ever have to talk to anyone he doesn’t like. That is his base position, and he feels justified in it.

Alana on June 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Indescribably stupid.

Actually, I think that describes it pretty damned well.

JohnGalt23 on June 9, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Well at least they are still pretending to care.

Socialism always leads to thugocracies. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

Dhuka on June 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Odd. He had no trouble talking to the CEO of Chrystler, GM, and too many banks to list.

DrAllecon on June 10, 2010 at 1:02 AM

Hummm. The BHO-Kid wants to kick an ass?

The spindly BHO-Kid can’t even measure up to Eeyore. Tell him Pooh.

Caststeel on June 10, 2010 at 1:16 AM

Right, not so Glibb. The constitution has several structured roles for congress, the president and the supreme court and that doesn’t stop Obowma from stomping all over it: GM? Chrysler? banks? Obowma pushes socialism at every chance he gets.

However, the Ping Pong President can’t make a decision. That would be George Soros, the guy on the other side of Obowma’s blackberry.

dthorny on June 10, 2010 at 1:36 AM

No controlling legal authority!

NO CONTROLLING LEGAL AUTHORITY!

oops, must be getting flashbacks froim the last dimwitted occupants of the WH.

Lonetown on June 10, 2010 at 4:35 AM

Barack KickAss Ojesus!

Mmmm mmmm mmmm.

hillbillyjim on June 10, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Can someone correct me if I am wrong, but the company actually operating the rig, in other words doing the engineering was an American company, this is not to start throwing blame around, but to confirm something. Back in the 70′s and early 80′s BP was an engineering oil company, over the years it changed into a company that sits on ownership of reserves and sub-contracting engineering to others. It is really a PR company rather than an engineering company hence large donations to the Democrats, the CEO most probably does not know anything about engineering, so if Obama rang him up it would be clueless speaking to clueless…

I happen to think that Obama is not speaking to the CEO because Obama is useless rather than the realisation of the
above, or that he can use this in his overall attack on oil.
Obama is also rabidly anti British, simple as that, it comes from Kenya and also that breaking the American British partnership would certainly bring in the new world order.

Anyway just my two cents (prence) worth.

TrueBrit on June 10, 2010 at 7:16 AM

This is Horseshit!, and Obama has to know it. Every second year law student takes corporations and understands the basic corporate structure.

I’ve practiced corporate law for 30 years, and while it’s true the Board of Directors is the ultimate authority on behalf of the shareholders of an enterprise such as BP, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the person with the greatest effective day-to-day authority over most matters. In some cases, the Chairman of the Board is also the CEO.

The CEO is the one to whom the President should be talking, and the CEO then goes to the Board for approval of any decisions that are outside of his actual authority (which depends on the company by-laws and any standing resolutions of the Board).

CatoRenasci on June 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Too much fun in this piece to nitpick at one point. Allah had me at “indescribably stupid”.

Jaibones on June 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM

How is this in any way materially different from a General of the Army saying “I don’t talk to Obama, because he’s not in charge the voters are.”

Right? I mean isn’t the point of the CEO is that he is invested with the executive power of the corporation by the representative election of the shareholders to the board.

This seems to be about the most foolish thing he has said because he has undermined his own authority.

IF Republicans win the house they should tar Obama with this, we don’t negotiate with the President because by his own reasoning he’s not in charge the voters are, so he has to do what the voters demand right? RIGHT?

Gov98 on June 10, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I understand that BP Employees have signed a contract
forebidding them to speak about the oil clean up!!
===================================================

BP Forced Clean-Up Workers To Sign Contract Forbidding Them From Talking With Media
———————–

The contract included a clause prohibiting them and their deckhands from making “news releases, marketing presentation, or any other public statements” while working on the clean-up. It also included an additional section titled “Agreement Regarding Proprietary and Confidential Information,” which states that workers cannot disclose “Data” gathered while on the job, including “plans,” “reports,” “information” and “etc.”

http://thinkprogress.org/?p=100483

canopfor on June 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

It makes sense they would do that. If I were BP I would have employees do that too. Not that I trust thinkprogress.org for any credible information.

Dasher on June 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Mr. Gibbs, has the president met with the board of directors at BP? Then sit back and wait for the next lie.

Kissmygrits on June 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Hey Gibbs, wasn’t Andy Stern the CEO/President of SEIU??? Yet Obama chose to hold face-to-face meetings with Stern…

TN Mom on June 9, 2010 at 10:57 PM

That’s different with Stern they were scheming.

Dasher on June 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Actually, not too smart in the public sector either. His forte’ is leftist ideology.

petefrt on June 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

The difference between the public sector and leftist ideology is… No difference.

Dasher on June 10, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Obama lost all credibility with his admission he doesn’t talk to the CEO.

It’s just beyond the pale.

AnninCA on June 10, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The CEO does report to the Board, but several other things should be considered:

1). What BP companies are actually directly involved with this? Is it the parent entity or is it one or more of the US subsidiaries? Clearly, the CEO of the parent entity is engaged, but you want to start understanding the corporate structure to be sure you also have the officers of the directly-involved entities.

2). It’s not so important for a CEO-level to CEO-level direct discussion, so long as “your people” are talking to “their people” and things are moving along fine (and you have some assurance that the CEO and the senior managers are approving the decisions and providing support).

3). Actual CEO-to-CEO level discussions are fairly rare until you get to the one or two issues that the underlings can’t resolve. At that time, you bring in the big guns to hammer out the last outstanding issues.

Jimbo3 on June 10, 2010 at 9:41 AM

FYI, all of BP’s US subsidiaries seem to be subsidiaries of this company: BP Holdings North America, a holding company incorporated in the UK. See http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/STAGING/global_assets/downloads/I/BP_20-F_2009.pdf (see p. 175). Why couldn’t the parent BP company simply put all the US companies in bankruptcy and, if needed, also put BP Holdings North America into receivership in the UK and protect the rest of the overall company?

Jimbo3 on June 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM

President Obama would fire Heyward if he could. Maybe Heyward isn’t up to the job, his bosses the shareholders will decide that.

However, President Obama, you clearly are not up to the job. And we the people are your boss. We will change the board of tax and spenders this November and you will be fired in November 2012.

jpmn on June 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM

By this logic no one should ever talk to the secretary of state, since it will have to be approved by the president.

phelps on June 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM

So, why do we talk to Heads of State again?

barnone on June 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Obama is planning to meet with Hayward next week. Why are they still saying he’s not worth meeting?

Gibbs clearly doesn’t understand corporate governance, which works a lot like politics. CEOs are appointed with specific duties, which they carry out without minute input from the board. In a similar manner, Presidents are elected by the public and expected to carry out their Constitutional duties described by law. Good Presidents and good CEOs can both get a lot done. Obama has been neither.

hawksruleva on June 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

By this logic no one should ever talk to the secretary of state, since it will have to be approved by the president.

phelps on June 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM

No one should ever talk to the President, he’s just a guy picked by the electoral college.

hawksruleva on June 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Since when did the President have to through the “Chain-of-command”? I thought he was the Top of the Food Chain. He’s the fargin PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, who, until the “o”(Small o to match his ball size) got into office, used to be the most POWERFUL LEADER in the world…. Now the o is playing “Mother-may-I?” with the Terrorists and screwing with our allies.

CynicalOptimist on June 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM

“Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.
It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.
The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

Apparently, so did Norway. The excuse is that foreign ships are not permitted to do this type work in U.S. waters, due to the union protecting federal Jones Act. Oddly, after Katrina George Bush suspended the Jones Act to permit foreign vessels to aid in the recovery effort.
For want of a union, we lost a Gulf.

J_Crater on June 10, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I just searched and could find no news article that President Obama has declared the gulf a “national disaster” so all the red tape to respond could be cut. While I found many articles with him stating it a “national disaster” I found no article stating he used his position as President to actually declare it as such. My guess is this is real reason for why assets and resources are not being deployed immediately.

JeffinSac on June 10, 2010 at 12:43 PM

He is just afraid of getting BP cooties. You KNOW how hard it is to get re-elected when you get cooties!

IanTrouble on June 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Real leaders intimidate the One.

sadatoni on June 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Well, I guess Obama showed us the level of his executive experience once again.

Of course that does explain why he’s willing to let Pelosi and Reid run things, he’s just the “CEO”.

taznar on June 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM

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