Kick ass Obama says he’d fire BP’s Tony Hayward

Tony Hayward, BP CEO; Barack Obama

President Obama does a good George Bush impression in oil crisis interview

BY Jack Bremer LAST UPDATED AT 12:20 ON Tue 8 Jun 2010

Has President Barack Obama been reading The First Post - and, in particular, its American columnist Alexander Cockburn? Since Cockburn wrote last Friday that no one likes a wimp in the White House, Obama has been coming on very strong regarding the BP oil spill.

Asked by NBC yesterday for his feelings about the oil giant's CEO, Tony Hayward, the President suggested that if he had his way, Hayward would be fired.

Today show host Matt Lauer had asked the President what he thought of various recent Hayward comments, including "I want my life back", that the amount of oil spilled was "tiny" compared with to the size of the ocean, and that the environmental impact would be "very, very modest".

Obama responded: "He wouldn't be working for me after any of those statements."

The President, speaking during a trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan, also defended his stance in dealing with the crisis, which most Americans believe has not been tough enough.

He said he had visited the Gulf of Mexico three times since the spill began on April 20. "I was down there a month ago before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf," he said.

And, doing his best impression of George Bush, he said there was nothing academic about the talks he had held with local fisherman and oil spill experts. "We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers - so I know whose ass to kick." · 

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