In a hard-hitting interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, President Obama said he's looking for an "ass to kick" for the BP oil spill. To a degree, the president was goaded into the comment (Lauer suggested that the president needed to "kick some butt"). Regardless, the interview is collecting a lot of buzz in the blogosphere.
Lauer pressed the president on a number of points, including the administration's apparent trust in BP in the early days of the spill and Obama's failure to meet personally with BP CEO Tony Hayward.
I was down there a month ago before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf... 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.
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