The Problem with Ego

I’ve been watching the BP interrogation Congressional hearing with interest for one reason and one reason only, to see the arrogance of American Congressmen and women.

Democrats and Republicans alike repeatedly accused the embattled British corporate chieftain of refusing to answer their questions, cutting corners on safety, and turning a blind eye to mounting scientific evidence of an unprecedented environmental tragedy.

Yes…. how dare you not make up answers to satisfy my egotistical need to prove that I am in charge.

“It’s clear to me you don’t want to answer any of our questions,” Rep. Waxman said. “I am amazed at this testimony. You’re kicking the can down the road. I find that irresponsible.”

Let’s face facts. He’s the CEO of the company. Do you think he knows the specific details of every single project going on? Of course not. No more than the Representatives know why the Wal-Mart in their district is raising prices on those sweet jars of pickles. It’s not his fault, it’s simply something that is far below his level and he’s waiting to hear the results of the investigation before making a determination.

That’s not avoidance, it’s just good sense. And it’s a refusal to pander to the Twitter-fed masses who aren’t interested in factual, effective resolution but are simply happy with a spoon-fed, sugar-coated, Jedi hand waving answer that everything is going to be ok. As long as you don’t, you know, look to closely.

That, and the company’s name is BP. They’re British. They probably don’t give a shit *what* you think they should answer, Congressman.

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2 Responses to The Problem with Ego

  1. Niall says:

    I have to disagree with you on this one. He may not have known “every little detail” on day one, but he’s had six weeks to get up to speed, and I’m sure he has. CEO’s of major corporations have staffs to do this for them. So your point makes no sense.

    As for portraying him as some poor innocent tarred and feathered by an evil congress – remember this is the guy who three weeks ago whined in public, “When do I get my life back?” Many people were happy to remind him that the eleven BP workers killed in the initial blast would probably want their lives back to. And their families.

    This guy is a giant douche, as most CEO’s are. i wouldn’t waste an ounce of pity on him.

    And the Brits do care very much what the US gov thinks. The UK is suffering through an economic downturn far worse than our own, and they are depending more and more on busines in the US to offset their own failures at home.

    You’ve got this one all wrong.

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