Closing the Anger Gap: President Obama Pledges To Find Someone With An “Ass to Kick”

With polls showing the public view of the government’s response to the BP spill as worse than Bush’s response to Katrina and liberals criticizing Obama for not being “more angry” in public, the White House has moved to close the anger gap. Today, Obama is pledging to find an “ass to kick.”

James Carville has publicly attacked the President for his lack of response to the spill. Other friends like Spike Lee have also criticized Obama as being too passive and advised him to publicly “go off” on BP. Bill Maher added “I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president.”

It appears that the White House is listening and sent out the President to go medieval on someone before polls reach irreversible levels. In his most recent interview, Obama stated “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.”

This is either a new public stance on the oil spill or the final confirmation of a long rumored bias in the White House against the gentle creatures of Equus africanus asinus. [By the way, there are people in places like Henderson, Texas with a large number of asses to kick].

Of course, with the donkey as the symbol of his own party, the comment could be more prophetic than intended given polls showing a resurgence of the GOP.

I do not happen to be one of those critical of the President for a lack of shouting and posturing — though I do find his overall response to be overall poor. This reminds me of Michael Dukakis being criticized for not pounding the table after a remarkably moronic question from Bernard Shaw about his wife being raped. There is room to criticize Obama for his delay in going down to the Gulf and relatively few visits to the area — as well as the overall weak governmental response. However, I do not need a Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on the desk to satisfy my inner angry self.

Even if you wanted more emotion, this type of comment would have been more powerful if you didn’t get the feeling that Axelrod is holding up a board reading “More Anger.”

46 thoughts on “Closing the Anger Gap: President Obama Pledges To Find Someone With An “Ass to Kick””

  1. Some people think that the latest attempt at capping the well may have created fizzures in the sediment alongside the pipe under the sea bed, which are now opening and leaking even more oil seeping into the Gulf.

    Also, I remember that when this first happened, Norway and a number of other countries offered skimmers and other oil cleanup equipment to clean up the mess and Obama turned the offer down. When Obama was interviewed on the Today show, he asked “what could I have done that I didn’t do?” Well, he could have accepted the offer from Norway and other countries to come to our assistance. God knows we’re always ready to help with other countries’ disasters, why shouldn’t they help us? Phony pride?

    There was an LSU oceanographer on Chris Matthews last night and he said that once the oil got into the grass and mangrove swamps, it would be impossible to clean and that the most important thing was, as he put it, “to get every skimmer in the world down in the Gulf working to catch the oil before it hits shore”. Maybe NOW we should be accepting these offers of help.

  2. I have been following Dennis Kucinich’s career since 1969 when he was elected to Cleveland’s City Council. He has maintained a strong liberal perspective throughout his many years in government.

  3. “Kucinich 2012”!!!!

    I like Kucinich….but he is also an intellectual who is passionate but measured. If he runs, and is actually allowed to participate (when will the debates be given back to the LWV?)I for 1 will vote for him…and then we can all watch, sadly, as the political whores in Washington tear up any success he may have by noncompliance and non-cooperation…….so what would be so different from now????

    I’ve heard that BP all of a sudden is promising ‘just a trickle’ in the very near future…will they be allowed any profits from all the oil they commander from this spill?

    Meanwhile…there are fractures threatening and new pressure leaks occurring on the sea floor…I can’t fathom what this could mean other than this could become a bigger dead zone than anyone can imagine and I’m guessing at some point the ‘developers’ are going to come in and build something….solid….hey maybe this is the beginning of a new landfill….

  4. There is a NOOA map in this Wikipedia article showing 3,858 oil and gas platforms extant in the Gulf of Mexico in 2006. That doesn’t include exploratory wells drilled and capped for further exploitation, as I read the article.

  5. FFLEO, the real issue may be getting uglier and if it is, why are we seeing reprints of foreign stories? Maybe the way it works is that there’s always oil leaking into the Gulf and unless it’s massive it doesn’t even get reported.

    “Coast Guard to probe report of new Gulf spill: official
    By Agence France-Presse
    Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 — 1:20 pm

    NEW ORLEANS — US authorities will investigate reports that another oil spill is sullying Gulf of Mexico waters not far from the site of the BP disaster, the top official overseeing the cleanup and containment effort said Tuesday.

    The Press Register newspaper based in the Gulf city of Mobile, Alabama, was one of several US news outlets reporting that a second spill had occurred at the Ocean Saratoga rig operated by the Diamond Offshore drilling company.

    Asked about the spill, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told a press conference here: “We’re going to get detailed information and we’ll release a statement later on it.

    The Press Register reported that a crew boat was seen spraying dispersant on a slick emanating from the drilling rig, which operates in deep water about 12 miles (19 kilometers) off the tip of Louisiana.

    The newspaper said it had obtained a federal document showing that the leak, which it said has generated a 10 mile (16 kilometer) long oil slick, has been ongoing since April 30.”

  6. Obama see polls want him to get angry, Obama gets angry.

    If he was any kind of leader he would have been angry long ago.

    Anyways, the president’s emotional state is a distraction from the real stories in politics, or even about the real story of the BP disaster. Let’s focus on what the real problem is: the unholy state-corporate alliance — and let’s fix it.

  7. “But, had he triumphed over Hilary and Obama, he would have been an excellent president.”

    And Cheney and his traitorous Secret Energy Task Force members would be in the dock already, either on trial or awaiting trial. Kucinich knows treason when he sees it.

  8. Swarthmore mom

    Kucinich is a loyal democrat and I don’t think Obama has to worry about him taking the nomination from him.


    Absolutely not … the Democratic Party has been very good to Dennis and he, in turn, is a good democrat. But, had he triumphed over Hilary and Obama, he would have been an excellent president.

  9. Whelp, Erbamugh cain kick all them A’s he wants but if’n he wants the most kick outta this debackill, he must gore some corporate oxes–especially them with oily fangers.

  10. Kucinich is a loyal democrat and I don’t think Obama has to worry about him taking the nomination from him.

  11. I don’t know if Obama is capable of rising above the political considerations of this moment as Truman was able to do when he desegregated the Armed Forces and then, later, fired General Douglas MacArthur.

    This BP situation is going to require some real courage in leadership and a strong sense of justice. Sadly, I can’t, with confidence, say that Obama has either. I can only hope.

  12. Kucinich made some awful mistakes as Mayor of Cleveland but he went off into the wilderness for awhile and learned from them … he’s a worthy candidate for any elected position.

  13. The ties that bind.

    Remember Rahm Emanuel’s rent-free D.C. apartment?

    The owner: A BP adviser

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    The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel’s rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser
    June 7, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    Democrat president Barack Obama’s White house chief of staff Rahm Emanuel peeks through an open door

    In case you were tempted to buy the faux Washington outrage at BP and its gulf oil spill in recent days, here’s a story that reveals a little-known corporate political connection and the quiet way the inner political circles intersect, protect and care for one another in the nation’s capital. And Chicago.

    We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama’s 2007-08 campaign.

    Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.

    Shortly after Obama’s happy inaugural, eyebrows rose slightly upon word that, as a House member, Emanuel had lived the last five years rent-free in a D.C. apartment of Democratic colleague Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and her husband, Stanley Greenberg.

    For an ordinary American, that would likely raise some obvious tax liability questions. But like Emanuel, the guy overseeing the Internal Revenue Service now is another Obama insider, Tim Geithner, who had his own outstanding tax problems but skated through confirmation anyway by the Democratic-controlled Congress.

    Remember this was all before the letters BP stood for Huge Mess. Even before the Obama administration gave BP a safety award.

    Now follow these standard Washington links if you can:

  14. Like the brain damaged bear that defecates in his own cave, only a congenitally degenerate predator like Uncle Sam would spend $400 per gallon for gas to operate his combat vehicles in one of the poorest countries on Earth while allowing 25,000 barrels of poison per day to gush up onto his beaches.

    The irony is that if the political spectrum of debate were a mile wide — Americans only utilize an inch.

    The corporate propaganda machine in the US is so omnipotent that Nazis like Goebells would have been proud.

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