Rahm to Yachting BP CEO: Stay out of PR

In an EXCLUSIVE interview on This Week, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had some career advice for BP CEO Tony Hayward: Stay out of PR.

Host Jake Tapper asked for Emanuel’s reaction to new photos of Hayward sailing on his yacht today in the waters off the coast of Britain.

“Well, to quote Tony Hayward, he’s got his life back, as he would say,” Emanuel said with a smile. “And I think we can all conclude that Tony Hayward is not going to have a second career in PR consulting. This has just been part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes.”

“But, beyond that photo,” Emanuel explained, “there’s really a substance here that matters. That’s clearly a PR mistake, but he’s made a number of those mistakes. What’s important is: are we capping the well? Are we capturing the oil? Are we containing the cleanup? Are we filing the claims? Are we also cleaning up the mess? That’s what’s important.”

Emanuel said the new Hayward photos would be “fodder” and that “people will chew over this,” but he insisted that important thing was “dealing with the problems down in the well and dealing with the problems in the region.”

Emanuel said it is “important for the people [to get] the resources they need to restore their lives and restoring that coastline to its environmental purity it had at one point.”

The full interview will air Sunday on THIS WEEK.

After the interview, taped Saturday, the White House announce that President Obama was headed to Andrews Air Force Base for a round of golf with Vice President Biden and others.

-Jake Tapper

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