Putting Obama’s ‘Ass’ Kicking In Context

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

President Obama‘s “ass” kicking comment during an interview with Today’s Matt Lauer has earned the president no small measure of derision. Critics are calling the Johnny-come-lately tough talk a calculated bit of obscenity designed to counter the president’s heretofore laconic posture on the BP disaster.

And comedians and pundits are piling on. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart feigned knuckle-dragging outrage. “Barack Obama is about to embark on Assquest 2010,” he shouted. “The search for kickable ass! Who should receive the brunt of the presidents size 12 Air Jordans?!”


“The tone of his answer didn’t surprise me,” said Lauer during a phone interview on Wednesday. More…