The latest pronouncement from our angry president comes via Hotair, on Chuck Todd's twitter feed.
POTUS to Matt Lauer: said he isn't talking with experts as an academic exercise but to find out info so he knows "whose ass to kick."
First off, that this language from any president diminishes the office. That said, profanity and tough talk can serve to communicate some things. So how is this different from when our last President declared that "we're kicking ass" in Iraq? Well, President Bush made the call from a position of strength. He was vastly unpopular, but the surge was working. His "kicking ass" was his assessment of the positive results brought above by his policy. Positive results paid for in real blood and sweat. Although the comment was directed to the Australian prime minister, it was heard and motivating to the troops.
Compare that to President Obama's statement. He too is vastly unpopular, but this is a situation that he has not yet gotten under control. He's not trying to inspire others to action or recognize their results, he's calling attention to his actions. To what he is gonna do. A problem is he hasn't done it yet. He's telling us that he want to kick some ass.
Of course, he could just be channeling Hank Hill.
UPDATE: Instalanche! Thanks Professor. Welcome folks, stay awhile and take a look around. BTW, the full Hank Hill quote was "Who is calling me a liar, you or the machine? 'Cause I need to know whose ass to kick."