Was it really only a month ago that few of us knew the name 'Tony Hayward'? The chief executive of BP has become a household name (and face) here on the Gulf Coast, and a quote-worthy one at that. He may not be quite as quotable as Michael "Brownie" Brown yet, but the BP gusher's still gushing...
"What the hell did we do to deserve this?"
"This is not our accident, but it's our responsibility."
"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume."
"I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest. It is impossible to say and we will mount, as part of the aftermath, a very detailed environmental assessment but everything we can see at the moment suggests that the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest."
"I do feel that we have, for the first time, turned the corner in this challenge."
"I think this is clearly a major reputational issue for BP."
"The operation is proceeding as we planned it."
BONUS QUOTE! From U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, May 23:
"I trust Tony Hayward. When I talk to him, I get an answer."