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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:13 PM

Top profanity in POTUS history

http://m.nbc12.com/story/19919569/top-profanity-in-potus-history

With almost a thousand of you sounding off about my Facebook Post about President Obama using profanity, I scoured the internet for quotes from other sitting U.S. Presidents who used "colorful language," and President Obama's comment about Mitt Romney being a "bulls*****r" certainly falls on the less-offensive end of the presidential swearing spectrum. Reagan, Carter, Ford, Clinton, Nixon, Johnson and even Harry S. Truman, were all known to let a profanity slip every now and then. Presidential candidates who didn't make it to the White House and Vice Presidents were no better.

In 2003, Senator John Kerry talked to Rolling Stone about his decision to vote for the Iraq war, saying, "Did I expect George Bush to f___ it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did." And in March, Biden happily called the health care reform bill a "big f___ deal."


In 2008, former President Clinton became irritable as Obama overtook Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries. Thinking no one could hear him, after an interview with a Philadelphia radio station that put him on the defensive over racial equality issues, Clinton said, "I don't think I should take any shit from anybody on that, do you?"

President George W. Bush called New York Times reporter Adam Clymer a "major league asshole" over a hot mic, to which vice-presidential nominee Dick Cheney agreed. In 1999, during an interview with Tucker Carlson for Talk Magazine, George W. dropped the F-bomb several times.

In 1983, President Reagan got into a shouting match with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre-Elliott Trudeau at a London economic summit. Assailed for not more aggressively promoting détente with the Soviet Union, Reagan pounded the table and shouted, "God Damn it, Pierre."

In June 1979, as Sen. Ted Kennedy pondered a primary challenge, Jimmy Carter convened a group of congressmen at a White House dinner, and was quoted as saying,

"If Kennedy runs, I'll whip his ass."

President Harry S. Truman was quoted as calling General MacArthur a "dumb son of a bitch." John F. Kennedy used the same term to refer to Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. And even though John F. Kennedy grew up as a wealthy child of privilege, but his time in the Navy taught him how to swear like a sailor — at least, a little bit. In April of 1962, President Kennedy became infuriated when the President of U.S. Steel announced major price increases. Kennedy told a reporter, "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it ‘til now."

Lyndon B. Johnson had a famously dirty mouth. He chided Canada's Lester Pearson for his anti-Vietnam stance by saying, "You pissed on my rug," and once likened the difference between a Senator and a Representative to "the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit." Another Johnson quote, referring to a Kennedy aide: "He wouldn't know how to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel." When asked what he thought of Gerald Ford, Johnson said, "He can't fart and chew gum at the same time".

Jack Garner, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Vice President from 1933 to 1941, once said the job of VP was "not worth a pitcher of warm piss."

Richard Nixon may hold the unofficial record for being the most openly profane U.S. President — probably because he recorded much of what he said in the Oval Office. In a taped 1971 conversation between the President and two of his aides, Nixon called Mexicans "dishonest," said that blacks lived "like a bunch of dogs" and that San Francisco was full of "fags" and "decorators." And that was just one conversation.




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Reply Top profanity in POTUS history (Original post)
fszwfnj Jan 2018 OP
New Deal Democrat Jan 2018 #1
Banshee 3 Actual Jan 2018 #2
New Deal Democrat Jan 2018 #4
freedumb2003 Jan 2018 #5
Banshee 3 Actual Jan 2018 #8
New Deal Democrat Jan 2018 #10
fszwfnj Jan 2018 #12
New Deal Democrat Jan 2018 #17
Banshee 3 Actual Jan 2018 #14
New Deal Democrat Jan 2018 #15
Banshee 3 Actual Jan 2018 #18
New Deal Democrat Jan 2018 #19
MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy Jan 2018 #7
Banshee 3 Actual Jan 2018 #9
Carl Jan 2018 #13
fszwfnj Jan 2018 #3
Troll2 Jan 2018 #6
nolidad Jan 2018 #11
LexTalionis Jan 2018 #16

Response to fszwfnj (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:22 PM

1. Stable Genius Trump is just trying to fit in.

He is so misunderstood, believe me.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:31 PM

2. Obama called Libya a "Shitshow" in 2016 interview

No LW poutrage heard
no claims of racism

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:00 PM

4. Is this supposed to mean that Trump's language is OK?

You would have to approve of Obama's rhetoric back then if you think Trump is not a shithole. Never figured you for much of an Obama fan.

“Well, I am not a racist, in fact, I am the least racist person that you've ever encountered."

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:21 PM

5. Keep clutching them pearls and swooning

You must have had a heart attack when your god obozo let go with a slew of f bombs (on multiple occasions)

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:58 PM

8. LBJ -"I'll have those ni@@ers voting democratic for the next 200 years"

Sorry nothing trump has said meets this level of scumbaggery by an Icon of your party

Nothing trump has done matches Your Avatar heroes sending 120,000 Americans to concentration camps due to their race.

Man has no tact, we all know this why is it even a surprise?

But far from the worst scumbag POTUS

I leave that to FDR sending LOYAL Americans to concentration camps

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:11 AM

10. You are a victim of presentist thinking.

That is to say, you are using present day values to judge an earlier time in history. When FDR detained Japanese-Americans during WWII, the act was widely accepted by the vast majority of Americans who were aware of it. More than that, it was expected.

Historians avoid the presentism fallacy. That is one reason reason why George Washington is ranked by scholars as our #3 greatest president, on average, despite having owned slaves. FDR is ranked #2. LBJ is #12.

Here is a link to some light reading on the concept:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presentism (select literary and historical analysis)

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 08:16 AM

12. Your lecture on presentism needs to be widely

distributed.to your ideological brothers. They are the ones that always view history through today's values and seem to have zero understanding of why that is a fallacy. As long as it suits the progressive agenda of course

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Response to fszwfnj (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:17 PM

17. It's more universal than that.

I don't think presentist thinking is unique to my ideological brothers.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 10:21 AM

14. Why was it expected to send Japanese Americans to concentration camps, but not

Italian Americans
German Americans
Romanian Americans
Hungarian Americans
Austrian Americans

They were all of heritage we were at war with, yet very few were ever rounded up, certainly not hundreds of thousands like the Loyal Nisei and Issei were.


Seems you love to excuse Blatant racism by FDR and democrats

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:06 PM

15. Mainly political influence and logistics.

During WWII there were 12 million people in the US who had been born in Germany, or had at least one parent who had been born there. These numbers conveyed political influence that helped prevent internment of most of them. Regardless, the War Department considered mass expulsion of ethnic Germans and Italians from US coastal areas. It did not follow through, however, because their numbers would have been overwhelming to manage.

In contrast, there were 127,000 ethnic Japanese living in the continental US at the time,112,000 of them on the west coast. About 80,000 were American born, with US citizenship. The ones born in Japan were not legally eligible for US citizenship.

The Pearl Harbor attack fanned existing flames of racism against them. Although FDR dismissed all rumors of Japanese-American espionage on behalf of the Japanese War effort, pressure mounted upon the Administration as the tide of public opinion turned against them.

There were about 150,000 ethnic Japanese living in Hawaii at that same time, and yet fewer than 2,000 of them were interred. The reasons for this, ironically, were mainly political influence and logistics.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internment_of_German_Americans
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internment_of_Japanese_Americans

You persist in criticizing FDR for interment of ethnic Japanese during WWII. But it probably would have played out the same way no matter who had been president back then. You might as well blame him personally for all other social injustice that existed at that time - and condemn George Washington because he owned slaves.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:29 PM

18. Logistics? well it did make it easier for democrats to steal Nisei/Issie assets like farms

So basically you are saying it was done for racist reasons but dont want to at the same time.

Its OK to admit FDR was a racist son of a bitch. He is on record as deploring White/Asian Bloodmixing as far back as 1925 in an essay

There were no mainland Nisei/Issei EVER convicted of treason or sedition to the USA during WW2

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:50 PM

19. I go to a lot of trouble to post these replies to you.

It hurts my feelings when you don't read anything but the reply title.

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:42 PM

7. Do you just copy and paste what all the online liars are saying?

 

Obama blamed Cameron for the shitshow that Libya -- i.e. the situation in Libya following European intervention -- had become.

Perhaps you think it's the word "shit" that decent people object to in Trump's remark ... but I doubt it.

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Response to MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:59 PM

9. Those nations are shitholes, anyone who thinks otherwise is a Liar

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Response to MsJaneFuzzyWuzzy (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 09:08 AM

13. Barry blamed someone else for is fuck ups?

The hell you say!

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:35 PM

3. Haiti is not a shit hole said no one ever.

Trump is just saying what everyone knows.

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Response to fszwfnj (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:41 PM

6. Its probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.

About J Edgar Hoover, by Lyndon Johnson, as quoted in The New York Times (31 October 1971)

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Response to fszwfnj (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 07:57 AM

11. Got those all beat!

From teh mouth of LBJ:

Making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.
Private comment, as quoted in Name-Dropping (1999) by John Kenneth Galbraith, p. 149.
If the circumstances make it such that you can't fuck a man in the ass, then just peckerslap him. Better to let him know who's in charge than to let him get the keys to the car.
Private comment, found in White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President (2003) edited by John Prados.
Eisenhower used to tell me that this place was a prison. I never felt freer.
As quoted in "What a Real President Was Like: To Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society Meant Hope and Dignity", by Bill Moyers, The Washington Post (13 November 1988).
Ford's economics are the worst thing that's happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger-fucking.

Fuck your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If these two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked good ...We pay a lot of good American dollars to the Greeks, Mr. Ambassador. If your Prime Minister gives me talk about democracy, parliament and constitution, he, his parliament and his constitution may not last long...
Comment to the Greek ambassador to Washington, Alexander Matsas, over the Cyprus issue in June 1964. As quoted in I Should Have Died (1977) by Philip Deane, pp. 113-114

These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.

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Response to nolidad (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 12:16 PM

16. That last paragraph...

Is the Democrats number one rule when dealing with black folks.

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