During Thursday's hearings with BP, Iowa
Democrat Bruce Baley asked CEO Tony
about the $20 billion escrow
recently established to compensate residents and businesses in
the Gulf of Mexico. "Do you think BP was shaken down by the Obama
administration to come up with this $20 billion compensation fund?"
inquired Baley, referring to Texas Rep. Joe Barton's earlier "apology
to Hayward. Instead of providing a straight answer, Hayward managed this
We attended the White House at the invitation of the
government to form a way forward and try to work together to deal with
the leak, the response to the leak, and to return the Gulf Coast to its
past, and that’s what we’re going to do.
What followed was a discussion
of semantics that rivaled the Clinton impeachment hearings. Awkwardness
begins at 0:19.
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