Is it ok for the President to say 'ass'

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Is it ok for the President to say 'ass'
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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 2:31pm

iVillage Flash Poll:


Is it Acceptable For the President to Say Ass in Public?


On the Today show on Tuesday, President Obama used the word “ass” (more specifically, he talked about wanting to “know whose ass to kick” about the Gulf oil spill). And it’s created quite a buzz...



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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 8:53am
Is it the word or the sentiment that you think God objects to? Would it have been okay if President Obama had said he'd like to know whose butt to kick? I mean I can say "Sh-t" or "Crap" or, like my grandfather did, "Oh, sugar." Do you think that God would be more offended by the first one than the latter two?
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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 9:27am

I don't care so much about the word ass. I don't think it's professional, forget Presidential. Any leader of any country, organization, company, or group could absolutely find more professional language to describe how they are going to handle a major catastrophe than "kicking ass." What bothers me is the attitude. I think there are some major problems in how the cleanup has been handled on all sides, and we don't need any ass kicking, we need cooperation, negotiation and facilitation of the best possible response. Working together, helping, pitching in, holding accountable, talking, planning and executing, not kicking ass.

More professional language would help me to feel a little more reassured, a little. I still want action over talk, but the unprofessional language makes me think talk is not going to lead to enough or the right action. I would care less about him saying ass if his overall approach and response to the matter had a tone of leadership, and I think that is lacking here. I see one week him saying the buck stops with him, another week saying he needs to know whose ass to kick. Maybe if the buck stops with him he needs to kick his own ass.

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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 10:05am
I don't think it's a coincidence that a couple days ago Fox and other conservative news talk show people were complaining that Obama never gets mad & no matter what happens his attitude is calm & cool. Cue to the president saying he wants to kick someone's ass and now everyone can criticize that he's crude. Really the guy can't do anything--it will always be wrong.

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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 12:14pm
What exactly ought he to go thereand do? Dive down and put his haand over the leak?
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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 1:06pm
LOL, even that wouldn't be good enough for Fox news and their ilk.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 3:06pm
LOL, nah, there's a far better idea out there than doing that..we just haven't heard it yet!

 

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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 6:13pm
I don't think it's a coincidence that a couple days ago Fox and other conservative news talk show people were complaining that Obama never gets mad & no matter what happens his attitude is calm & cool. Cue to the president saying he wants to kick someone's ass and now everyone can criticize that he's crude. Really the guy can't do anything--it will always be wrong.



I don't know who was complaining he never gets mad and that he's always calm and cool (why would that be a problem anyhow, I don't recall past Presidents demonstrating anger in times of crisis), but even more questionable, why would the President demonstrate anger *in response* to a Fox news complaint or complaints from other conservative talking heads? Do you think he's so fickle that he just does whatever the conservatives want, within a few days of them complaining about it on the air?

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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 8:28pm

Oh, I think it's the sentiment, for sure. Sin and offenses begin in the heart. But I have to say that as I have transitioned from "Oh, sh!t" to "Oh, shoot" over the years, I find myself actually *thinking* "shoot" and not "sh!t"

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Fri, 06-11-2010 - 8:28pm

The complainers were Fox news talking heads and maybe 2 other conservative people from other networks. I saw it on another show (maybe Jon Stewart or Colbert) so it was a video of each of them by turn complaining about that issue recently. I think it was at the beginning of this week that I saw this.

So it was just my observation that the angry answer might have been in response to those people. And it may not have been, he could be just fed up with BP and this whole deal (like the rest of us). And no I really hope he does not do knee jerk reactions to everything that the cons press comes up with.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Sat, 06-12-2010 - 8:01pm
But, isn't the sentiment the same whether I say "Oh, sh!t" or "Oh, shoot" when I stub my toe? Does God have a list of words that are no-nos?