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"the small people" & "I want my life back" - Really BP? Is that the best you have?

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters in Washington: "I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people."

Justin Taffinder of New Orleans was not amused.

"We're not small people. We're human beings. They're no greater than us. We don't bow down to them. We don't pray to them," Taffinder said.

Svanberg is Swedish, and his comments may have been an unintentional slight.
Tony Hayward visited Venice, Louisiana, to apologise for the disaster.

The first thing to say is I’m sorry,” he told reporters, when asked what he would like to tell locals whose livelihoods have been affected. “We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused their lives. There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back,” he said.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:22 PM on Jun. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (15)
  • Yeah what a douche bag.

    Answer by GinNTonic at 9:56 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • The guy is from Sweden, english is not his first language, give him a break.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 10:04 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • It just kills me how much are the spending on google searchs and media ads to try to counteract some of the bad press and neither of these *you hit it on the head* douchebags can manage to get someone to prepare them a decent statement; so they stop sticking their feet in their mouths? Come on if you can't even do that; why should we have any confidence you can do anything at all??


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • And what Tony H is from England so he didn't know what he was saying either? I'll bet the families of those 11 men would like them to have their lives back too!


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • I personally understand the sentiment, the feelings behind what was said. I also think it has been misinterpreted in a way. I mean, think about it for a minute. How much heat is the dude getting, how much of this is put squarely on HIS shoulders, as if HE were the one to personally blow up that rig? If I were in his shoes, I would have said the same thing. I would have worded it a little differently, but yeah, I would feel the same way!

    And for the other guy, well, how often do we refer to ourselves as Average Joes, the common man, as nobody important, the little people, etc. This is starting to sound like another group of people who can refer to THEMSELVES in a certain fashion, but by golly, NOBODY ELSE better use that terminology!

    We as Americans need to stop pointing fingers every time something happens. How would you all feel if it turns out that this was sabotage? Unlikely, but still possible....

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:14 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • Not even close to possible Anon. There is an avalanche of evidence *oh and that pesky whistle blower* that proves BP was negligent beyond a doubt.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • oh crap my hand for an edit button!

    that's not to say the government didn't have a responsibility to prevent them from being negligent in the first place. please let's not get sidetracked!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • I was unaware of that, OP. All I am hearing is "oh, it could be up to X million gallons a day" then, "they so underestimated the amount", and "estimates have been upped to XX million gallons, and cleanup could cost up to $X billion" and finally, a whole lot of "we're going to MAKE them pay...we're going to do THIS and THAT and make double-damn sure that BP pays for every single penny that it takes to fix this!" I haven't heard anything about what actually CAUSED everything.

    But that doesn't change my opinion on what those two men said. I don't really have a problem with what they said, and I think I understand what they were meaning. So, does that make me an evil person, if I don't rush out there and demonize them?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • Anon I didn't say anyone should demonize them or even hate them. See my first reply; that is the original point of my post.

    If you want to know:

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 PM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • We are the small people. This is the way the world is, get used to it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:55 AM on Jun. 17, 2010

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