Oh snap!!! The President of the United States of America, with a professor's impeccable grammar, is takin' names and lookin' for "whose ass to kick."
This was President Obama’s latest response to the BP oil spill that has tarred his presidency. Since crude oil began leaking furiously from the botched BP well in the Gulf of Mexico 52 days ago, the Obama Administration has plied a plethora of tough talk: the ol’ “boot on the neck,” the mantra to make BP pay “every dime” of the clean-up costs, the gleeful rush to maybe indict someone we can blame.
Now President Obama, all 180 slender pounds of him, wants to kick some ass. What is it with Democrats and that word? Albeit, their party mascot is, appropriately, a jackass.
The President didn't embark on this quest for butts-to-punt in an off-the-record anecdote leaked to an enchanted New York Times. This derriere diatribe came out of the man's mouth on camera. On morning television. On NBC's "The Today Show" for gawdsakes, the gentle morning wakeup call for millions of sleepy, middle American homemakers. (You can watch that soundbite of President Obama in the video below.)
It had to have been by design. Calculated stagecraft drives most every move in any administration, especially this one.
Got two big problems with that. First: Talkers aren't doers. My dad told me that when I was 10, so I would tremble less when Chubby the Bully threatened to maim me. One wishes Obama the Bully would focus on the fix first, and worry about punishment later.
And second: It looks weak. Shades of Jimmy Carter! His one-term presidency languished in a national malaise amidst a severe economic slump: high unemployment, soaring deficits, and contradictory worries about inflation, deflation and staglation.
Sound eerily familiar?
President Carter, fighting an image of impotence, invoked the a-word, too, though he had the class to do it by press leak. In June 1979, as Sen. Edward Kennedy mustered up the temerity to mount an intraparty challenge to a sitting Democratic President, Carter told a private dinner of Congressmen: "I'll whip his ass."