|Published:||Jun 19, 2010 8:43 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 19, 2010 5:43 PM EDT|
LONDON (AP) - The BP executive who angered Gulf residents by saying he wanted his "life back" is spending the day at a yacht race in England.
CEO Tony Hayward's boat "Bob" is entered in the one-day race is off the Isle of Wight.
A company statement calls it "a rare moment of private time" for Hayward and says "no matter where he is, he is always in touch with what is happening within BP."
Greenpeace says by taking part in the glitzy event, Hayward is "rubbing salt into the wounds" of those whose livelihoods have been wrecked by the oil spill.
The news comes amid questions are about who's in charge of BP's response. BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has told Britain's Sky News that Hayward is handing over the role of point man on the crisis to Managing Director Bob Dudley. But a company spokesman tells the Associated Press that Hayward is "still very much in charge in the response."
President Barack Obama's chief of staff says BP chief executive Tony Hayward has committed yet another in a "long line of PR gaffes" but attending a yacht race in England while the Gulf oil spill disaster continues.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is mocking Hayward's infamous statement that he wishes the crisis were over so could have his life back.
Referring to the yachting, Emanuel tells ABC's "This Week," "He's got his life back, as he would say."
Emanuel says the focus should stay on capping the leaking well and helping the people of the Gulf region.