Obama's Knowing 'Whose Ass to Kick' Pledge Continues to Delight TV Network Journalists
Published: 6/8/2010 8:16 PM ET
More than 24 hours after NBC's Matt Lauer prompted him to say it in an interview, the morning programs all showcased it - and even after day-long playback on the cable channels - CBS and NBC on Tuesday night delighted in again highlighting President Barack Obama's boast that he's gathering information on the oil leak "so I know whose ass to kick."
Katie Couric put the soundbite, from a competitor, at the top of the CBS Evening News: "In a TV interview aired today, the President said if BP's CEO worked for him, he'd be fired. And Mr. Obama defended his handling of the disaster."
NBC Nightly News provided a re-run. A day after anchor Brian Williams trumpeted as "just into us" the bite illustrating how Obama "showed some anger on the topic of his handling of this spill so far," reporter Anne Thompson touted: "Criticized for not conveying his anger over the nation's greatest environmental disaster, President Obama fired back during an exclusive interview with NBC's Matt Lauer."