Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Obama: Thug in Chief?

President Obama said he wanted to know "whose a** to kick" over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, adding to the pressure on energy giant BP as it sought to capture more of the leak from its gushing well. Do you think his words crossed the bounds of good taste, or were they appropriate under the circumstances?

Personally, I think there are times or situations when "cussing" may be appropriate. Stubbing your toe on the way to the bathroom late at night is one. Getting your hand caught in a closing car door is another. While bestowing a beating on a guy you just caught crawling out of your wife's bedroom window after arriving home unexpectedly early from work - qualifies. Lastly, catching a vandal using a key to write Prez Obama's recent BP speech into the door of your car!

We all know he and the entire country is upset about the BP oil spill. It's a major catastrophe - no question. But is even this extreme situation adequate reason for the inheritor of the office of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln to curse like "a hood" in front of the nation and the world? Is it possible for the American mind to even dream of the wise and dignified General Washington threatening to "kick the a**" of the British? I have a fertile imagination, but even I can't conceive of the word "a**" being mentioned in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Can you?

If this "incident" is some carefully planned tactic to appear tough and in control, it's immature and reprehensible. If the "gutter-mouthing" was unplanned, I'm even more appalled. Because that means we've elected a man who is perhaps better suited for the title, "Thug in Chief"!



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