Does BP CEO Tony Hayward Deserve a Break After Oil Spill?

The CEO has gone AWOL amid the oil spill disaster.

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Tony Hayward, the embattled BP CEO, canceled his appearance at a meeting of international oil executives on Tuesday, and his firm wouldn't say where he was, the New York Daily News reports. BP spokesman Jon Pack told the Daily News that Hayward was too busy with his "very heavy schedule of commitments" related to the Gulf oil spill. The explanation might come as a surprise to Americans who were outraged upon learning of Hayward's decision to go yachting in England over the weekend.

What do you think?  Is Hayward tone-deaf to the severity of the oil spill disaster and those affected by it? Or does he deserve a little respite? Take our poll and post your thoughts below.

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