“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talkin’ heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standin’ in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be. and 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.”’
Outside the obvious offensiveness of the president of the United States using language that to say the least “coarsens” the political debate and requires explanation to children as to why he can use language you don’t allow them to use, there’s a lot more in this short little sentence.
Breaking it down and reading between the lines, my analysis:
“Guys, I long ago took a few hours to go down there at my great inconvenience and discomfort to see about this annoyance in my life. I even stood in the rain for God’s sake. What more do you want from me? A whole month ago I was talkin’ with fishermen (which I don’t think is true, no fishermen on that month ago trip) taking time out on my way to more important things like a fundraiser and a vacation, and long before all those idiot “talking heads” even noticed what was going on, or actually before they had the NERVE to criticize ME at which point they became the irritation they are when they don’t kiss my feet. Surely you don’t think I just sit around in seminars with so-called experts trying to find a solution to this problem just for the fun of it. Don’t you know we are talking to them so we can find out how we can find someone else to blame this on and I can just sit back and vote “present” which is how I handle decision-making, because surely you don’t think it was MY fault or place to step up and prevent the whole entire Gulf Coast from being devastated. Hey, man, you know I’m occupied with sporting events and vacations and gala balls. Come on, guys, get a grip. Cut me some slack.”
And the most telling point is he is talking to experts not to find out what to do but to find out whose butt he is going to kick, in other words, who he can blame for it and point fingers at and to see if there is any possible way or scenario where he can actually blame it on George Bush.
This Obama is a piece of work.