Jun 16, 2010 5:13 PM by Letitia Walker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The BP chairman's comment that the oil giant cares about "the small people" has received an icy reception from residents along the Gulf Coast.
BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters in Washington on Wednesday: "I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people."
Justin Taffinder of New Orleans was not amused. He says, "We're not small people. We're human beings. They're no greater than us. We don't bow down to them. We don't pray to them."
Svanberg is Swedish, and his comments may have been an unintentional slight. But coastal residents are angry over the oil spill disaster and at BP CEO Tony Hayward's comments that he "wants his life back."