It’s a bird, it’s a plane… oh wait… sorry, just some trial balloons floating around…

President Barack Obama took a harsh tone on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at today’s news conference.¬† USA/

The way he repeatedly emphasized “COLONEL” was an effective reminder that Gaddafi was not an elected leader like a president, but rather a military man who took power through a coup.

Obama’s insistence that Gaddafi go is a way to keep verbal pressure on while he considers¬† which option on the table to use. He also tried to leave the impression that whatever he chooses will be bad for the Libyan leader and good for the people.

Another person exploring options is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who announced his intent to explore whether there is support for a potential run for president.