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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The President's Salty Language

The president sat down with NBC and said this now infamous phrase.

I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.

The president will run into several problems with this comment. First, everyone from Maureen Dowd, James Carville, Frank Rich, and Spike Lee have all been out to proclaim the president isn't angry enough. Now, suddenly the president is acting angry. So, is this real or is it manufactured in response to the criticism? No one knows but the president has only recently shown anger.

The bigger problem is that this statement, along with many others, don't match with reality. The president has held BP responsible and a Department of Interior staffer was fired. Besides that, no one really knows "who's ass to kick". The president is proclaiming that he's holding round the clock meetings to figure out what happened and who to blame. So far, we know little about either.

Now, personally, I'd think that first and foremost you fix the problem and then investigate everything and hold everyone responsible. The president is determined to do both simultaneously. That's why the Attorney General was in the gulf. That's why he's already threatening to bring criminal charges.

All of that may in fact be necessary at some point. That said, oil spews, the gulf whithers away, and the president is helpless. Worse yet, for all his bluster about holding people responsible, he's held few responsible. He's not really doing either, cleaning the gulf or holding people responsible.

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