Lawmaker to BP Exec: As a Samurai, You'd Kill Yourself

Cao gives lesson in 'Asian culture'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 15, 2010 8:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Florida congressman Cliff Stearns asked BP chairman Lamar McKay to resign during McKay's congressional testimony today. And he was the nice one. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Vietnamese-American who represents New Orleans, delivered a pointed history lesson, notes CBS. "Mr. Stearns asked Mr. McKay to resign," he said. "Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri."

BP American Chairman Lamar McKay, right, gestures while testifying on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Rep. Joseph Cao, R-La., speaks to BP America chairman and president Lamar McKay.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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