“We will be here for a very long time,” he added. “We realize this is just the beginning.”
But he wasn’t in front of the cameras for a very long time. He took just a few questions, and then he was gone.
What was the point? a reasonable person might ask.
But reasonable people might think he was addressing the public at his press conference.
Nooo…not so much the public.
BP shareholders, maybe?
As David Pettit, a senior lawyer with Natural Resources Defense Council, points out in today’s New York Times, “They have tried to control the message, including controlling facts, because they have a direct financial interest in this.”
Indeed, check out this chart of BP stock on Thursday. The rally follows Hayward’s press conference.