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Were President Obama's Comments Approriate?

Updated 2:02 PM CDT, Fri, Jan 13, 2012

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President Obama has been criticized for not appearing outraged over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  But during an interview with "Today" show host Matt Lauer, he showed plenty of anger.

When explaining to Lauer why he's consulting with experts over the disaster he said, "We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answer so I know whose ass to kick."

So what want to know what you think about the president's comments.  Did he got to far, or should he express even more outrage?  Is his administration doing enough?


"How much did the oil companies donate to his campaign?  How dare he even consider anything to do with offshore drilling. When is he going to close down the other dangerous rigs?" - Susan

"Mr. Obama has got to learn that the office of the President of the United States represents ALL of America and not just one man who thinks that "talking tough" (as if he were the bully on a playground) ISN'T appropriate on the "world's stage".  Mr. Biden's foul-mouthed language should have been a "learning experience" for Mr. Obama and it's time to "put his money where his mouth is" and get to work, but keeping in mind all the while that the position he holds requires-- no, DEMANDS decorum. Stop "dumbing down" the government of the United States for all the world to see."  - Anonymous

"Right way to go, Mr. President, but don't stop there, apply that to anyone in and out of government, whose actions or lack of action have an adverse impact on us or our planet." - Micheal

"What makes him any better than the last do-nothing before him. Vote independent,and get rid of both parties of idiots." - Anonymous

"I'm very disappointed in President Obama's language. There are other words to use and anybody that is speaking publicly, but especially televised speeches, should not use foul language!" - Becky

"Obama can talk tough ,But its his lack of actions that are more noticeable , And you do not want to hear any president talk like FIFTY CENT." - Anonymous

"This is OBAMA's Katrina. Why is he so calm this is an attack on our Eco_system and this administration doesn't care enough to send a message to big oil tycoons." - David

"I am proud to have voted for President Obama!  I'm even more proud that he is publicly calling for the heads of the individuals responsible for negatively affecting the lives of hard working Americans. Thank you Mr. President! I'm glad to know my vote continues to count." - Lamar

"The President should be angry and BP owes the American people a real explanation [to] the families who lost love[d] ones. Some how the media has forgotten about these families and are focused on BP and wildlife." - Cynthia

"I wish he had been even more forceful. The disaster is beyond comprehension and heads need to roll. The president should be applauded for remaining as calm as he has." - Anonymous

First Published: Jun 8, 2010 7:21 AM CDT

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