From U.S. News & WORLD REPORT:
Not everybody was pleased with President Obama’s uncharacteristic line on the Today Show, spoken in the pre-school hours Tuesday morning, that he wants some “ass to kick” in the Gulf oil crisis.
Becky Quick, who co-hosts Squawk Box with lead anchor Joe Kernen and co-host Carl Quintanilla, slapped Obama for using unpresidential language in an interview he knew would be aired as children prepared for school.
Oh my, my! Such language! Why, it’s enough to give a proper lady with a delicate constitution the vapors!
“If you’re the president of the United States and you go on the Today Show which is a morning show, where you’re going to have a lot of kids sitting around watching this, I think you choose your words more carefully,” said Quick. “Using the A word when you are on the Today Show talking with Matt Lauer, yeah, that disturbs me. But I also think that this is a way of trying to prove that I’m mad, to do exactly what everybody’s been pushing me to do, and it doesn’t ring true.”
The A word? Seriously? Ass is now a 4-letter word? All the children who sit rapt every morning as they watch Matt Lauer will now become juvenile delinquents, because they heard the A word on television! I wonder what Becky of Sunnybrook Farm and her friends had to say when Deadeye Dick Cheney dropped the F word on the Senate floor when addressing Senator Patrick Leahy. By the way, who the F word is Becky Quick, and why does she sound like such an A word? Maybe she wants to switch from CNBC to Fox News. She’d fit in so well with the other blond bimbos. But wait, kids, Becky of Sunnybrook Farm wasn’t the only one. From THE HILL:
One of President Barack Obama’s staunchest Republican opponents said Wednesday his now-famous “kick ass” comment was “not very presidential.”
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said Obama chose his words poorly when he said “[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,” in an interview with NBC.
“Right now, I think the president made a mistake in the words that he used in an interview yesterday,” he said in an appearance on KTOK radio. “I think that he lost a lot of credibility there when he used words that were not very presidential.”
Obama has been under pressure by media figures and some Democratic consultants to show more emotion in reacting to the BP oil spill, which he has called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
The president’s defenders have said Obama was prompted to use the phrase by “Today” show host Matt Lauer, who asked him how he would respond to those who say he needs to stop talking to experts and “kick some butt.”