BP CEO attributes oil spill cleanup workers’ illness to food poisoning, says he wants his life back

BP is making Exxon look good.

I know a lot of people who have to make everything about them, but this seems extreme.

In some of the worst risk communication ever, and which will surely be documented in some crisis book thingy or Powerpoint top-10 slides for decades, BP CEO Tony Hayward demonstrated an ability to make the Gulf of Mexico oil somehow about him.

“I want my life back,” video clip is below. So is the one of Hayward impersonating Napolean’s food safety guru.

Hayward also said on May 31, 2010 that workers were not getting sick because of the toxicity of the oil and BP’s dispersants, they have simply gotten food poisoning.

“I’m sure they were genuinely ill, but whether it had anything to do with dispersants and oil, whether it was food poisoning, or some other reason for them being ill. You know, there’s a– food poisoning is a really big issue when you’ve got a concentration of this many people in ten pre-cabs, ten pre-accommodations. It’s something we have to be very, very mindful of. It’s one of the big issues of keeping the army operating. Armies march on their stomachs.”