After downplaying the effects of the gulf oil spill, and complaining that he would like his life back, the president of BP is getting some harsh criticism from President Obama. Tony Hayward has said that he won’t be resigning due to the crisis, but The President has said he would have fired him if the BP chief was his employee. Check out the full story, with pictures and video below!

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The BP chief has received support from investors, however. A recent survey has indicated most would like to see chairman Svanberg take the fall for the crisis.

Increased pressures to solve the crisis have been building up for President Obama, and Tony Hayward’s recent comments just opened the door for criticism by the U.S. leader. In a statement recently, the BP president seemed to complain about how the crisis has made his life tough.

“We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused to their lives,” he said.”There’s no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I’d like my life back.”

Going further, he downplayed the environmental impact of the crisis.

“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.”

Most scientists would hesitate to speculate on the entire impact of the crisis, but I’m sure most would agree that a “very, very modest” impact is highly unlikely.

Talking to the press recently, the President said that the BP boss “wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements.” He continued to say that their investigation of the circumstances surrounding the oil rig explosion would be thorough, and they would uncover any and all contributing factors in the disaster.

“There may be not only human error involved, but you also saw some corner cutting in terms of safety.”

What do you think of Obama’s Tony Hayward comments? Would you fire the BP boss if he was working for you? Let me know in the comment section! And don’t miss the pictures and video below!

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Photos: Devorah, Nikki Nelson