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Gibbs: Obama hasn't talked to Hayward because BP board calls the shots
wapo ^ | 6/9/10 | Michael D. Shear

Posted on 06/09/2010 6:26:32 PM PDT by Nachum

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: board; gibbs; hayward; obama
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How can we fool 'em today
1 posted on 06/09/2010 6:26:33 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 06/09/2010 6:26:52 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Heckuva job, Barry!


3 posted on 06/09/2010 6:27:18 PM PDT by counterpunch (GOP: Government's Other Party)
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To: Nachum

So then, he has talked to the BP board right?


4 posted on 06/09/2010 6:27:57 PM PDT by chris37
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To: Nachum

What a mess these people are.


5 posted on 06/09/2010 6:27:59 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: Nachum

OK, so has he offered to kick BP’s Boards Ass?


6 posted on 06/09/2010 6:28:27 PM PDT by AU72
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To: counterpunch

I don’t believe it is ineptitude or incompetence any longer, the more we hear, the more it appears to be willful malfeasance.


7 posted on 06/09/2010 6:28:47 PM PDT by madinmadtown
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To: Nachum

“the CEO alone isn’t the final word on company decisions, which are made by the board of directors.”

Well that is technically correct. Took those geniuses how many days to come up with that?


8 posted on 06/09/2010 6:28:56 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Nachum

Oh Please, the BP board is keeping the US faux president of the US from talking to Heyward?

Gibbs is a dolt.


9 posted on 06/09/2010 6:30:12 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Nachum

So he has been in charge from day one, but he is not in charge?


10 posted on 06/09/2010 6:30:14 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Nachum

Obama would rather meet with Hamas than Hayward.

In Obama’s world, the underwear bomber gets mirandized and access to a lawyer, BP is guilty before there is any information about what happened on the Deepwater Horizon.

It’s easier to malign the man and the company on camera than it is to meet with him and tell him what your thoughts are about the problem. Because if you meet with him, you have to have something coherent to say. And usually one on one conversations don’t permit use of a teleprompter.


11 posted on 06/09/2010 6:30:38 PM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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To: Nachum

Matt Simmons says BP will file bankruptcy within a month


12 posted on 06/09/2010 6:30:43 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Nachum

Glib Gibbs speaks for his nibs.


13 posted on 06/09/2010 6:30:52 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Nachum

But, but, but, I thought Caligula said that HE was definitely in charge from DAY ONE and that the WH was making all the decisions.

They must think we can neither remember nor read.


14 posted on 06/09/2010 6:31:07 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Nachum

What a STUPID DOOFUS Gibbs and the WH PRESS CORPS ARE!!!!!


15 posted on 06/09/2010 6:31:12 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: AU72

I’d imagine the Board doesn’t have the time to talk to BO right now. Some impressive experience in that group.

http://www.bp.com/AnnualReview2003/files/RP_ar2003_bd.html


16 posted on 06/09/2010 6:31:51 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Nachum

How Gibbs has managed to stay in that job for so long is beyond me. The man is a daily laughingstock. Well, his lapdogs in the media don’t thing so, but everyone else in America does.


17 posted on 06/09/2010 6:31:56 PM PDT by GnL
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To: Nachum
You mean to tell me that the guy who tells everyone who will pay attention that he is the President. You mean to tell me that the guy who fired the GM president can't talk to the president of BP?

What do we have for a President and an administration?

18 posted on 06/09/2010 6:32:39 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: mylife

Obama ALWAYS says BOTH SIDES of EVERYTHING!! ALWAYS!! Just depends on who he is talking to, but he LAWAYS takes BOTH SIDES......VERY CONVENIENT FOR THE STUPID PEOPLE!!


19 posted on 06/09/2010 6:32:41 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: chris37
He didn't have that “Board is in Charge” attitude when it came to firing the head of GM...
20 posted on 06/09/2010 6:33:04 PM PDT by az_gila (AZ - one Governor down... we don't want her back...)
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To: Nachum
"The dog ate my copy of the CEO's phone number..."


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

21 posted on 06/09/2010 6:33:14 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Nachum

What utter BS. Zero said he didn’t mind negotiating with Iran but he won’t meet with CEO of BP... maybe if the head of BP were a black and/or Muslim then zero would have met with him.

All zero knows is to follow Alinsky and Alinsky didn’t preach how to actually solve problems - just how to create them.


22 posted on 06/09/2010 6:33:15 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Nachum
When do you know when someone is lying? When the story keeps changing.

NOAA video shows estimate of Gulf Oil leak at 65,000 to 110,000 barrels a day on April 20th at 6:40 and 9:24 in video
23 posted on 06/09/2010 6:33:21 PM PDT by ignoramus2010
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To: Nachum

So who the hell has Salazar been giving orders to at BP?


24 posted on 06/09/2010 6:33:58 PM PDT by kevao
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To: Nachum
Now I'm confused. 0 said the gubment has been in control since day 1.

In all my years I have never seen or heard a president behave the way 0 does. Today's Wall Street Journal absolutely nails it.

25 posted on 06/09/2010 6:34:00 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: Nachum

Robert Gibbs, the coolest and most sexy man in the world!


26 posted on 06/09/2010 6:34:12 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Ann Archy

Yup.

Someone else said it, he is deliberately letting this thing get out of control while blaming others and plotting how to use this to HIS ends.


27 posted on 06/09/2010 6:35:16 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Aria

“Alinsky didn’t preach how to actually solve problems - just how to create them.”

Good point


28 posted on 06/09/2010 6:36:38 PM PDT by mylife
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To: chris37
So then, he has talked to the BP board right?

Unfortunately the quarterly board meeting conflicted with the Paul McCartney night. However, Obama has cleared his calendar for the next quarterly board meeting.

29 posted on 06/09/2010 6:36:56 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Nachum

Fortunately they’re fooling fewer and fewer. I saw on another post where even DemocraticUnderground is furious at the WH. The lower he sinks in the polls, the more Obama parties.

Yeah, that’s the ticket, Obama. If people see you partying every other day, they’re sure to love you, right? /s


30 posted on 06/09/2010 6:37:43 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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So then, he has talked to the BP board right?

Some of them are probably on his 'staff'.

31 posted on 06/09/2010 6:40:11 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Nachum
The Obama Administration CANNOT speak without lying. It is just that simple.

I work for a Fortune 500 company that everyone would know if I spelled out their three letter "name" Believe me, oh please believe me, If we did something like BP, our CEO would have his door removed! Our CEO would damn well be talking to the president every minute between senior staff meetings.

Willful malfeasance indeed! Absolute, low down black liars are Zero's lackeys - and their is only one person on this planet with the power to force these staffers to lie.

Impeachable offenses, every g*# Da%n day with these people

32 posted on 06/09/2010 6:41:22 PM PDT by atc23
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To: UCANSEE2
Isn't BP heavily invested in green energies?


33 posted on 06/09/2010 6:43:05 PM PDT by mylife
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Lmao! that was great :)


34 posted on 06/09/2010 6:43:21 PM PDT by chris37
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To: Nachum

This administration is Who’s On First ..on steroids .
First Barry makes a huge mess with his Miss Cleo act -
“ I already know what Hayward will say, so I don’t have to speak to him. “
Then Gibbs compounds it with his usual moronic Gibberish .
This is unbelievable.


35 posted on 06/09/2010 6:44:05 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: UCANSEE2

Hmmm...visual image forming...


36 posted on 06/09/2010 6:44:21 PM PDT by chris37
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To: GnL

I agree Gibbs is a dolt....BUT, I’m glad I don’t have to go before the public and try to explain and make sense out of POTUS comments!


37 posted on 06/09/2010 6:46:32 PM PDT by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

http://www.nachumlist.com/BP.htm


38 posted on 06/09/2010 6:46:57 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

One can only imagine the Bush-Bashing-Bonanza had Bush been President and said something like that.


39 posted on 06/09/2010 6:47:47 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Nachum

So then firing Hayward would be just as ineffective as everything else 0bama’s done.


40 posted on 06/09/2010 6:48:22 PM PDT by whatexit
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To: mylife

Yes indeedee! There was an article on here where McConnell said they wrote the cap and trade bill.


41 posted on 06/09/2010 6:49:23 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Nachum
Fairly obvious now what some of the paybacks were for BP to embrace the Global Warming Cap and Trade Scam. For starters, the US Government would let them have their way with our Oceans. Perhaps we need to inspect the safety of all their worldwide rigs.
42 posted on 06/09/2010 6:49:41 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I saw that.


43 posted on 06/09/2010 6:49:57 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Nachum

Just “singin’ it as it comes to ‘em”


44 posted on 06/09/2010 6:50:45 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: whatexit

So much for kick ass. What a girlyman.


45 posted on 06/09/2010 6:51:14 PM PDT by AGreatPer (America elected a Prince and got a Princess)
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To: Nachum
This is bullsh*t! Obama himself, has said (paraphrased) the reason was that the CEO would lie and mislead and that it would be a waste of his time.

Does Gibbs imply that the Board of Directors would act any differently.

46 posted on 06/09/2010 6:53:14 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Sir Clancelot

Very good!


47 posted on 06/09/2010 6:53:16 PM PDT by unkus
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To: mylife

Here we go. Just searched it:

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/67454


48 posted on 06/09/2010 6:53:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: FlyingEagle

That’s going to hurt oversees. A lot of UK press right now about how unhappy they are with Bambro’s attempt to essentially bankrupt them. UK teacher, police and fire retirement funds are dependent on BP.


49 posted on 06/09/2010 6:54:22 PM PDT by ScoopAmma
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To: Nachum

I know. That was one of the lamest excused I’ver ever seen. So much for “kicking ass”.


50 posted on 06/09/2010 6:54:31 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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