Some of our TV talking heads have been calling President Obama’s remark about “whose ass to kick” undignified and vulgar.
Imagine such language from a president. Why, you’d never hear Richard Nixon talking like that.
The fact is, NBC’s Matt Lauer coaxed the remark out of Obama with a question suggesting he wasn’t doing enough about BP’s oil spill. The fact is, the devastation of this oil spill is growing day by day, and will continue to do so. The fact is, someone mess up. The fact is, someone’s ass needs to be kicked.
Personally, I’m inclined to trust people a little bit more if they use colloquialisms like “kick ass.” It shows they are human. It shows they are willing to take off the masks and costumes of their office. But I also know there are two kinds of leaders in the world. Those kick ass. And those who just talk about it.