How many “Sorrys” does it take to fix a leaky oil well? Tony Hayward again apologizes today, this time in front of Congress, many of whom would still like to beat him down most mercilessly despite his deep contrition and now-practiced sadface. Representative Henry Waxman scolded the company for its lack of even one “e-mail or document that shows you paid even the slightest attention to the dangers at the well,” per the New York Times.
But Republican Joe Barton of Texas (these big oil men sure stick together!) had his own apology for Hayward for what he called “the politicization of the crisis.” Because, you know, we shouldn’t be going and making these business matters political.
BP Carl-Henric Svanberg is also apologizing after yesterday’s “small people” apology didn’t go over so well. He said he was “very sorry” he had spoken “clumsily.”
“What I was trying to say — that BP understands how deeply this affects the lives of people who live along the gulf and depend on it for their livelihood — will best be conveyed not by any words but by the work we do to put things right for the families and businesses who’ve been hurt,” he said in a statement.
We’re sorry he had to say that, just because a bunch of bloggers thought it was funny that he called people “small” and couldn’t help but mocking him a touch. Apologies.
Anyway, it does seem that BP, who just didn’t get the whole “regret” memo early on, has had some lessons in remorse or in, at least, acting remorseful in order to win back the shallow affections of the American people. The question is, how many more of these words have to be uttered for us to forgive — or is “Sorry” not the word we’re looking for at all? At least one woman wants something a little more…tactile:
From the Guardian’s Live Blog of the event:
4.26pm: A furious interruption. A woman dressed in green has stood up and is yelling that Hayward needs to be “tarred with a brush” and should “go to hell”. She is shouting very loudly and is being bundled to the ground by Congressional police. It takes about half a dozen officers to subdue her and drag her out of the room.
We patiently await her apology. (In the meantime, Gawker TV has video, via Fox News.)