BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg doesn't have too many defenders these days, but he can count Mayor Bloomberg as one of them.
"The guy who runs BP didn't exactly go down there and blow up the well," the mayor said on his weekly WOR radio show today.
Bloomberg broached the topic after criticizing critics of the school system for being too critical.
"If everything you do people find fault with why do you do it. Nobody needs that aggravation. We all want recognition and respect," said the mayor.
"Here we're going after the heads of some of these companies."
Besides, he argued, there's not much point in pummeling someone whose help you desperately need.
"And what's more if you want them to fix it and they're the only ones with expertise, I think I might wait to assign blame until we get it fixed," Bloomberg said.
How's that for accountability from the Accountability Mayor?
BP is not culpable for the disaster. The BP CEO is not at fault for the spill or the failure to get it stopped and cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time.
Teachers, however, are culpable for the test scores of their students NO MATTER WHAT, and need to be fired if they cannot raise them from one year to the next.