The gaffes just keep on a coming! Yesterday, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, the guy who cares about “small people”, announced that CEO Tony Hayward was no longer in charge of the day-to-day clean up operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Dudley would now oversee the efforts to stop the oil spill from ruining the Gulf coast line. So, now that Tony Hayward “has his life back”, he decided to attend the posh J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race at the Isle of Wight. Hayward’s own 52-foot yacht, “Bob”, finished in 4th place!

BP spokesman Robert Wine said that it was Hayward’s first break since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20. Eleven workers were killed and after a three-day long fire, the rig collapsed, causing the pipeline and well to break. Thus began America’s largest oil spill and greatest ecological disaster since the Chinese chestnut blight at the start of the 20th Century, wiping out nearly every American chestnut tree on the continent.

Wine went on to say, “He’s spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I’m sure that everyone would understand that. He will be back to deal with the response. It doesn’t detract from that at all.” Oh, it doesn’t, eh? Right, Wine, you keep at it and if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get a job spinning at the White House one day!

Speaking of which, Obama had a busy time yesterday, too. After spending over $500,000 of the taxpayers money to fly to Columbus, Ohio, to tell us all again how wonderful that stimulus package from last year is saving the economy, the President returned to Washington in time to watch baseball phenom, Stephen Strasburg pitch a game. I suppose if Obama had a yacht, he might have also attended the race at the Isle of Wight, too. He probably regrets not going to Los Angeles with his wife earlier this week where she took in a NBA final game between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics. I’m sure he also missed out on some good food while his wife and family stayed at the beach-side mansion of billionaire financial mogul, Howard Marks.

Yes, it must be nice! Yachting with the family. Hanging out at the beach. Watching sports. It’s a rough life. Everyone needs to relax a little and enjoy some time off. Unless, of course, you happen to live on Grand Isle, Louisiana and your entire way of life, handed down to you for generations, is sinking into the smelly, toxic sludge. Then you may have a different set of priorities, like trying to stay alive. Wondering how you will feed your family since the fishing and oil industries are kaput. But then, such burdens are not as great as though on the shoulders of Barack Obama and Tony Hayward.

UPDATE: Obama spent Saturday playing yet another round of golf. This time with his buddy, VP Joe Biden. I guess that’s why Obama couldn’t make it to the yacht race at the Isle of Wight.