BP CEO Hayward: “I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment…when I said that ‘I wanted my life back.'”

hayward2In recent days, BP CEO Tony Hayward has been facing significant criticism for turning an apology to Gulf Coast residents for the oil spill into a pity party for himself. “We’re sorry for the massive disruption it has cause their lives,” he said. But seeming to lack any self awareness, the oil giant CEO who made $4.5 million last year, said, “There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.” Today, Hayward apologized for his remarks:

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.

Read more about BP’s credibility gap in today’s Progress Report.