Following contentious vote, Rex Tillerson confirmed as "it" in game of tag
IRVING, TEXAS -- In a historically narrow vote, former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was confirmed as “it” in the Tillerson family’s annual game of tag on Sunday. The appointment of the Texas oil executive by his granddaughter Olivia, 7, came as a surprise to attendees of the lavish backyard barbeque hosted by Tillerson and his wife Renda St. Clair, with many accusing Olivia of being "irresponsible," "crazy," and "playing an existential joke on the entire family."
“I just don’t see Ol’ Rex as the man for the job,” said longtime friend Rudy Strickland. “I respect him as a businessman, but this isn’t a board room. It’s a game of ‘tag.’ People can get hurt out there.”
Many guests expressed similar concerns, while several friends of Tillerson’s youngest son, Tyler, raised the possibility of conflicts of interest.
“Everyone knows Ty’s dad is going to go easy on the grandkids,” shouted former Wiffle ball teammate Cody Williams, standing on the sidelines as the players huddled to determine the results.
St. Clair defended her husband’s qualifications and pointed to his childhood participation in the Boy Scouts as “proof of moral fortitude.”
Tillerson was eventually confirmed by a narrow margin, winning support from all of his grandchildren and two of his children. Sons Tyler and Charles both voted against their father, citing the potential for conflicts of interest and longstanding opposition to Tillerson’s policy of bedtime enforcement.