BP's Latest Blunder
We finally figured out what
stands for, and it's not "British Petroleum," "Blunder Prone" or "Big Polluters." No, according to the oil company's chairman himself, those letters represent the words: "Big People."
|BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg
You see, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, who is Swedish, raised the ire of Gulf Coast residents even higher on Wednesday -- and you thought that was impossible -- when he told reporters in Washington that his company cares "about the small people." The remark, which was intended as a play for sympathy, boomeranged on Svanberg, forcing the company to once again beg for forgiveness.
When pressed about Svanberg's statement, BP spokesman Toby Odone told
The Associated Press
in an email that "it is clear that what he means is that he cares about local businesses and local people. This was a slip in translation."
Of course it was! We understand entirely. Just like we understood when his
CEO Tony Hayward
slipped up when he said he "wants his life back."
Hopefully, the $20 billion BP agreed to place in an escrow account to cover damage claims from the spill this week will teach them not just to watch their rigs, but their words as well.
We'll just call that $20 billion "the small people's BP," as in "Big Payback."
Dumb-o-meter score: 95 -- We've found yet another BP hole worth plugging -- it's the chairman's mouth.