There is a long and awkward history of corporate leaders saying the wrong thing when their companies are facing criticism. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein responded to his company's role in contributing to the recent financial crisis by suggesting he was doing "God's work." But BP CEO Tony Hayward has outdone him.
The first stage of BP's latest effort to quell the torrent of oil billowing into the gulf has succeeded. An undersea robot cut into the pipe, which will have the paradoxical effect of worsening the spill until a cap can, with luck, be placed. The added gallons may be the least of the company's worries.
Thirteen workers have committed suicide, or tried, this year—half of that number in May—at a factory that makes shiny products for Apple. But Apple's CEO/talisman told the All Things Digital Conference that all is well because they have "restaurants and movie theaters and hospitals and swimming pools. For a factory, it's pretty nice."