WATCH | President Obama Wants To Kick Ass [Full]

On Tuesday morning, the president offered his bluntest response yet about the disaster, telling Lauer he’s been talking to experts about “whose ass to kick” when it comes to the Gulf oil spill.
  • “I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf.  A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be,” Obama said, defending his administration’s handling of the spill. “And I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar; we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
  • President Barack Obama says his talks with Gulf fishermen and oil spill experts are not an academic exercise. They’re “so I know whose ass to kick.”One target for the presidential foot: Tony Hayward, the embattled chief executive of BP.

Obama was asked by Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” about Hayward’s past comments that “I want my life back,” that the Gulf was “a big ocean” and that “the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest.”

“He wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements,” Obama said, according to excerpts released by NBC.

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