Quick on the Uptake

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.

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Oh my, my! Such language! Why, it’s enough to give a proper lady with a delicate constitution the vapors!

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“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 β€” 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 expertsΒ and “kick some butt.”


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40 responses to “Quick on the Uptake

  1. Dear Lord man. Where was Inhofe when Bunning stood on the Senate floor and told tens of millions of unemployed Americans “TOUGH SHIT!” when he held up a benefits package for his own sexual gratification? Astounding.

    BTW nonnie — Reading your blog every day inspired me to create my own. After 5 or 6 failed attempts at actually trying to start a blog over the last few years, I think this one is sticking. Of course, that’s after a massive Twitter/Facebook PR blitz and only one day. πŸ™‚

    • i forgot about beanball bunning! i immediately thought of deadeye dick and his comment to senator leahy.

      your blog looks good, weatherdude! i just tried to comment over there. do you have comments enabled, because no matter what i do, i can’t comment. 😦

  2. Becky Quick? That name deserves a Tom Swifty, as in “Becky, Quick to jump to conclusions.”

    Oh, and here’s an amusing link for you.


    • that website is hilarious!

      becky quick and tom swifty=perfect!! originally, i title the post Becky, Quick on the Drawers, but i changed it. i didn’t know if it was funny or not. i’ve been dealing with friggin’ comcast for 4 days now, and i’ve been so pissed off, i can’t even think straight. one of their imbeciles came out here today, and he made things even worse. i hate comcast! COMCAST SUCKS!!! i know it’s not making any difference, but it’s making me feel better every time i post COMCAST SUCKS!!! on the internets. 😈

      on top of that, wordpress was broken for a few hours today, too. fortunately, people smarter than the ones at comcast (which sucks, by the way) fixed it.

      • Heh. Sorry you’ve been having problems with Comcast. That reminds me of a Daily Show joke from a few days ago. Jon Stewart was talking about BP acting like the Comcast people. “Yeah, we’ll be in the Gulf anytime between Noon and 2050.”

        • i just got off the phone with them again! over the last few days, i had to call them at least 8 times (i’ve lost count), chatted online with one of their idiots, went down to their office, and had a repairman out here. the result? my son had to fix the damned thing! 😑

      • I have Comcast now, too. It’s expensive, but at least I’m getting what I’m paying for.

        • have they gone digital there yet, neon vincent? that’s when all the trouble started here. as soon as my son moves out (i think the beginning of next month), i’m getting at&t. more channels, internet, and phone for less money than what it’s costing me now. just waiting for there to be less furniture to move around when they come to install it.

          • Let me guess–your son needs the cable connection for his internet.

            • no, that’s not it. he has a cable box in his room. i didn’t need one in here before they went digital. then i needed to have one. i had the first one for a couple of weeks, and then it didn’t work anymore. so i went to the office and got another one. i have a dvd recorder, and i like to record shows while i’m watching something else. i was told that nothing would change with the digital, except for needing the box. now, the way the cable box is, it doesn’t allow me to switch the dvd back and forth from cable to video, so i have to use an old vcr as a splitter. i could never get the premium channels on the dvd, but i could get all the local channels and all the basic cable channels. suddenly, the other day, i was going to watch msnbc on the recorder. there was nothing but snow. i checked to see if i could get the channel, and i couldn’t. in fact, i could only get channels 2-25, 41, 60, and 78 (or something like that). i called to ask what was wrong, and the comcast tech told me she would ping the box (they pinged it before to fix it after i got the second replacement box when the in demand wouldn’t work). she did it over and over, but it wasn’t helping. she said the box was probably bad. i made an appt for a repairman, but figured i’d go to the office and get the third replacement box to see if that would fix the problem, so i could cancel the appt. oh, before i forget, because i tape the daily show and colbert and then tape msnbc at 2, i knew that whatever had happened had happened between midnight and 2 a.m. i asked her if they had done anything during those hours that would screw up the tv, and she said no. so, the next day, i went and got replacement box #3. i saw that the cables in the back were different than the box i was returning, and i asked if that would make a difference. i was assured it wouldn’t (you know where this is going, don’t you?). sure enough, i hooked it up exactly as i was told to, and not only did i not get any channels on the dvd or vcr, but i didn’t get anything on cable either. color me pissed. i called comcast, spoke to 4 different people, and not one of the idiots could figure out what was wrong. i remembered that i had the extension number of a guy there who knew something, so i asked to be transferred. of course, he either had his ext. number changed, or he gave me the wrong one. i hung up. when the offspring got home, he hooked it up so that i could get a few channels on the dvd and vcr, but he couldn’t get the cable to work. the next day, the repairman gets here, and i tell him what happened with the channels. he said there was nothing wrong with box #2. during the 2-hour window i told the moron on the phone about, they switched everything over channel 25 to digital, and that’s why the dvd and vcr couldn’t figure out the signal. he looked at how everything was hooked up, took out all the wires, and hooked up everything again. nothing worked. he kept taking things apart and putting them back together in all kinds of combinations. i even showed him the manual for the dvd and how they said to hook it up. finally, he hooked up the dvd and the cable to a modulator i used a long time ago for something or other. he completely left out the vcr, and then he announced he was done. i tried the dvd and nothing! then he got all snotty, and he said if i want to record something, then i should pay extra for a comcast dvr, and all he’s there for is to make sure comcast’s equipment works, and it does, so everything else is my problem. 😳 then, i asked him about something plugged in outside in the back of the house. i asked him if it belonged to comcast. he said it did, it was a booster. i told him that whenever we have a really bad rainstorm, it shorts out the power in half the house. his answer was (ready for this?)–next time, come outside and unplug it to see if it helps. i know he wasn’t thrilled with me at this point, but to suggest that i go out in an electrical storm to play with a power outlet was a bit much. he left, and i was furious! when the offspring came home, i told him what happened, and he hooked up everything so that the cable works and so i could record the local channels and a few others. the reception isn’t great, but it’s okay. this all happened yesterday. cut to last night. it was 11:00, and i wanted to watch the daily show (since i can’t record it anymore). i turned to channel 67, and–did you guess?–nothing! i tried 68, 69, 300, and a few others, and nothing. i called comcast again, and got an unfortunate guy who had to listen to me screaming. i was so damned pissed, i didn’t care that it wasn’t his fault. i screamed at him all the bullshit from the prior days and weeks, and he kept apologizing, and i kept telling him to shove his apologies (not with that language, but he knew what i meant). he pinged the box again and again and again, and it finally started working again. today–fewer channels work on the dvd (i was told that eventually none of them will work), and now i just tried the on demand, and that doesn’t work. i have to call comcast again. 😑

              i’m leaving out a lot of what happened and just giving you the highlights. i’ve been on the phone with comcast for at least 3 hours in the last couple of days, spent at least 5 hours in their office waiting in line over the last few weeks, and had their rude-ass repairman here for 2 hours, telling me to try to get electrocuted.

              now, aren’t you sorry you asked? πŸ˜€

      • nonnie

        u know when it comes to comcast i will help you in a few months


        please dont lump me in with comcast

        • ugh! don’t get me started again, dcAp! i had to call them three times yesterday and twice today. now, i have to unplug the damned thing every time i want to watch anything on demand (which i have to watch now since i can no longer record anything). i’ll always love you, dcAp, but comcast can kiss my ass. 😑

  3. kaylaspop

    Inhofe, would you be Quick about kissing my ASS?

  4. here’s more about becky from the ny post (january 2009):

    COMELY “Squawk Box” co-anchor Becky Quick is ruffling some feathers.

    Quick, 36, who hosts the early-morning CNBC show with Carl Quintanilla and Joe Kernen, quietly married the show’s executive producer, Matthew Quayle, a few months ago – which has drawn grumbles from co-workers regarding the ethical ramifications. “He is her direct superior, so it’s a little weird,” groans one insider. “She’s definitely been getting preferential treatment since they got together.”


    Quayle, 38, who has been with CNBC for 16 years, was also married with two kids before he and Quick started dating. “He is a big Christian and would always talk about the church. And then he left his wife and babies for her. What a hypocrite,” snips an insider.

    Reached for comment, a spokesperson for CNBC told Page Six, “All three anchors on ‘Squawk Box’ – Becky Quick, Joe Kernen and Carl Quintanilla – have married CNBC producers. Love is in the air when you’re first in business worldwide.”

  5. Borrowing three of five words once uttered by Joe Biden, “big fucking deal”.

  6. I have the opposite problem. I want the president to kick MORE ASS.
    Heavy moratorium.
    New strict inspections of existing wells.
    Hefty fines for safety violations.
    Don’t let Transocean & Halliburton slink off in the night. They had their hands in it too. They were co conspirators in the deaths of 11 people, they hold liability.
    Clean house of the MMS, starting w Salazar.
    No big oil people in MMS either.
    Collect a few billion up front because this is going to take a long long time.

    As for the little children watching the today show….
    they probably said WTF the president just said ass!

    No big effing deal to them!

    Seize BP’s $ and charge them $1 million bucks each time they lie!

    The 2 latest lies are the flow was vastly greater than they estimated.
    This notion that this won’t cost the gvmnt a dime, and they will make those who experience financial impact will be made whole.
    Really? huge businesses that relied on fishing will have everything covered, including mortgage payments, insurance etc along the coastline of 4 states (so far)??

    Throw Hayward in jail because he poses a flight risk.
    Suttles too just because he is annoying.

    Or make the BP higher eschalon be a part of a beach clean up chain gang.

    • i agree with all that, except for one. i doubt that any little kids hang around before the school bus comes, dying to see what matt lauer has to say. even if they heard the president say ass, it’s probably the millionth time they’ve heard the word, not the first. seriously, ass is a dirty word now? maybe becky was trying to impress her “big christian” hubby with her outrage. after all, saying ass is much worse than leaving your wife and babies for a blond bimbo in your employ (see my comment above).

  7. still funkee…office de ot tomorrow @%#$^*!

    • poor jerry! πŸ˜₯ i hope office depot can help you p again. i mean…oh, you know what i mean. πŸ˜‰

      • ABHP-Hey, it works! Used a $10 off coupon and $3 from selling a jake drill at a yard sale and I’m still up a nickle on this new keyboard. Never set a heavily iced drink on ‘puter table as the condensation will find the lowest point, somewhere around the “A” key. Reminds me of the time many moons ago when my lead singer knocked a large whiskey sour down the keys of my Wurlitzer combo organ. I poured most of it out later that evening. But let us turn to your personal agravation with Comcast. Give them the boot! You can get internet from a jillion places and to get reliable TV with DVR I would recommend DirecTV. Even comes with built in rain indicator!

        • welcome back, jerry! your new keyboard appears to be working quite well.

          i would get directv, as my dvr was actually made to work with that system, but i don’t want to have to have a contract. in addition, the condo will only allow satellite dishes to be in the back and out of sight when looking at the buildings from the front. in my backyard (they’re actually villas or townhomes, as there is only one story), there are 3 big trees. even though they belong to the condo, they won’t take the responsibility of trimming them so that they don’t block the satellite dish. i don’t plan on climbing up on the roof to trim them, so satellite is out of the running. i will very happily give comcast the boot as soon as the offspring moves out.

  8. GreenApples

    These kids that we’re so worried about, they’re the same ones that watch all the violence TV has to offer?, between commercials for Viagra and Cialis ?

  9. GreenApples

    These kids we’re worried about….They’re the ones that consume the best violence TV can offer? Between Cialis and Viagra commercials? Poor dears better not hear frank talk.

    • sorry you got caught in the spam filter, greenapples. i don’t know what’s going on with it lately.

      with all the stuff kids see on tv, i think them hearing ass is the last thing we need to worry about. i bet becky’s just fine allowing them to see scenes from the war and the things you mentioned. πŸ™„

      • GreenApples

        I was wondering what happened. Sorry for posting twice;I thought it must have been my error (not hitting Post).

        • no, it’s nothing you did or didn’t do. it’s spammie. i think she’s been under the weather lately, because she’s been grabbing comments that have no signs of being spam.

  10. And in other news … (though probably only on Fox) …

    Republicans complained that Pres. Obama left the toilet seat up, proving that he hates his wife, and therefore the traditional family.

    Republicans have found that Barack Obama once drove through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop, thus endangering everyone else traveling on that road and demonstrating his complete disregard for traffic laws.

    Barack Obama once stepped on a patch of grass that was clearly marked, “Keep off the grass.” Republicans are divided over whether this proves that he was born in Kenya — and thus unable to read English — or just has no respect for public property. Glenn Beck, oddly, seems to assert both.

    • and gay rethuglicans are having a tea bag toss in los angeles this weekend, where someone can win a prize by throwing tea bags through the open mouths of enlargements of pix of jerry brown, nancy pelosi, and princess sarah palin! haha!! oh wait, that’s true! the story is here. you can’t make this stuff up. the reason for princess being one of the three? they wanted to make it non-partisan, and princess raised the sales tax when she was mayor of wasilla. even princess isn’t pure enough for the teabaggers.

  11. It’s like Lenny Bruce said: “You can’t say tits and ass, just change it to tucheses and nay-nays”.