His instincts actually led him to say this (h/t Sam Seder):
There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.If this is his idea of a helpful statement, then someone on this man's payroll should be responsible for convincing him to never speak to a reporter again for the rest of his life.
Mr. Hayward, this is not about YOU! Get your life back? Are you serious?
You know who also wants their lives back? The people who live off of the fishing and tourism industries, which are going to be damaged irreparably for a generation or more. What's the worst case scenario for Mr. Hayward? Barring the minuscule chance that he may have broken the law--the law that thirty years of deregulation has sanded down to nothing--he's walking away from this job a rich man with only his conscience to contend with.
UPDATE: Going against the advice I so generously provided for him, Tony Hayward has apologized for saying, "I want my life back."
Here's his new statement:
I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that "I wanted my life back." When I read that recently, I was appalled. I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Those words don't represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don't represent the hearts of the people of BP -- many of whom live and work in the Gulf -- who are doing everything they can to make things right. My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families -- to restore their lives, not mine.It took reading his own words to make him realize what he said was appalling. This guy doesn't comprehend what's coming out of his mouth until he reads it in print. He needs to have a transcription of his words provided to him in real time so he can sign off on his own statements.