President Obama appeared on NBC Today in order to express his ideas on the current oil disaster which is unfolding in the Gulf Of Mexico. He was particularly incensed by remarks from BP CEO Tony Hayward who told the media the oil spill “environmental impact ” is likely “to be very, very, modest.” The president blew up and retorted, “he wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements.” In response to questions from critics that he is grandstanding by visiting fishermen in the Gulf, Obama retorted, “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college semina, we talk to those folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick.”
The issue of ass is interesting. Back in 1973 when the initial oil crisis arose due to actions of Arab leaders it was quite evident to any ordinary person, let alone any “expert” that America had to wean itself from oil dependance. Nearly forty years later, not much has been done. If the president seeks ass to kick, he might invite in the entire Republican and Democratic leadership, plus himself and have an ass kicking party. As I recall, a few months before the oil disaster, Obama was urging drill, drill off the eastern coast in order to score political points. Gaze in the mirror, come before the American people with a plan that also includes sacrifice, and be honest! That would be a welcome change, and, it might also result in restoring trust in government.