All The Potty-Mouthed President’s Men. And Women.

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July 28, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013

 

isis trump

I’ll set the %%$## stinkin’ tone.

 

Is this really any way to run a country?
Maybe ruin it is more like it.

For years politics was roughly divided into two arenas. The campaign to get the office and the governing that took place once you were in the office.

It was expected that the “campaign” would be at times colorful, rough, even no-holds barred. Digging up dirt on your opponent (more politely called opposition research) was expected and valued. During televised debates a more civil and ahem, “presidential” tone was adopted and smiling, praising your opponent and the obligatory handshake before and after helped reassure viewers and November voters that we all have a stake in this wonderful thing called democracy. It’s just that we just don’t agree on the specifics.

 

First 100 days real sean spicer

You don’t have me to kick around anymore. Take that!

 

Nothing personal mind you, it’s just politics.

But the Trump Administration is setting new lows, seemingly on a daily basis.

Now, in the past, if you were the victor then a certain presidential tone was then adopted, at least in public. You’re the president for gosh sakes.

Now, don’t get me wrong. We have had our share of “rough riders” in the Oval Office…literally. Teddy Roosevelt often used colorful language behind closed doors, Andrew Jackson was known to curse, rather colorfully and often. He would often rant about Chief Justice John Marshall, calling him a” low-down, no good, Indian lover.” Abe Lincoln once referred to his entire cabinet as a “pack of sniveling jackals.” Even that PH.D scholar Woodrow Wilson was known to have a temper and once threw his newspaper down in a fit of anger at a cabinet meeting. I know, right?

In more modern times, of course as society became less buttoned-up our presidential public behavior increasingly became more “un-buttoned.”

 

potty mouthed prez lbj

Get out of my office, can’t you see I’m on the phone you dumb a$$.

 

Lyndon Baines Johnson once referred to South Koreans as a “bunch of little orientals with even smaller (ahem) biological organs (my cleaned up version) and often regaled reporters with graphic tales of his own bowel movements. He also referred to Kennedy staff-holdovers as “coddled mamas-boys who didn’t know how to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the bottom.”

Richard Nixon can be heard on the notorious Watergate Tapes using vivid racial and ethnic slurs to describe his rivals and critics and openly discussing (apparently, kidding) how he’d like this one or that one “wacked.” Jane Fonda seemed to get his ire up more than anyone. But then her posing on a N. Vietnam tank while we were at war with them sorta riled up a lot of folks back home.

 

potty mouthed prez jane

Hanoi Jane? I wonder why they called me that?

 

But overall, there was still a sense at least in public, that there was the “candidate” and then there was “the President.” And while the two could meet up of course, they shouldn’t necessarily become one and the same for all time.

Beginning with Bill Clinton we began to witness what was referred to as “the continual campaign.” This was the notion that to rally votes and support for preferred presidential policy the president could and should be the “chief advocate” or “chief campaigner.”

 

disgusted-billy-c

Hound dogs gotta hound, right?

 

Take the message to the people. Get out on the campaign trail. No filters. No smoke-filled, backroom deals. Force the politicians to bend to your will once they see what the people want and demand.

And being “presidential” never quite went back to what it once was historically.

Of course, good ol’ Billy infamously let “the dog off the front porch” and his staffers were known to litter the West Wing with delivery pizza and beer but then you can’t take all the “Little Rock” out of the president now can you?

But this?

While Donald Trump may have promised Melania that he “could be presidential when the time came” his staff may feel exempt from any such commitment.

Less than a week after being hired as the White House Communications Director (please note that title it becomes important in a moment) Anthony “Tony the Mooch” Scaramucci, apparently summoning the spirits of Anthony “Tony the Boss” Soprano went off on an expletive, vulgar tirade in an on-the-record interview. He called the current Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a “Paranoid, schizophrenic who is a little F#@,” described special WH advisor Steve Bannon as a guy “who sucks his own c%$@” and vowed to “kill all of his staff if he had to in order to stop WH leaks to the press.”

 

potty mouthed prez mooch

I know for sure I’m the guy to lower the bar even lower.

 

Nice. A smooth communicator that Scaramucci. I can see how he’d be qualified for the job.

After that outburst, newly promoted WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who along with Kellyanne Conway may actually be the only sane and grown-up adults in this Administration, had to clean up Scaramucci’s mess.

“His passion got the best of him,” she claimed with a straight face.

Sarah, if I ever screw up that badly I want you in my corner.

 

potty mouthed prez shs

One of only 2 adults currently serving in the West Wing?

 

But maybe “the Mooch” was just mimicking what his mentor modeled. Donald Trump the candidate got into the office in large part by using language befitting a naughty 10 year-old and tossing barbs at his opponents like “he’s fat,” (Chris Christie) and “he’s a lying slob” (Ted Cruz) and “he’s little Rubio” (Marco Rubio) and “she’s ugly and stupid” (Carly Fiorina) and my favorite, “he’s an ugly liar who eats with his mouth open” (referring to OH Governor John Kasich).

 

down is up kasich

Maybe. Maybe not.

 

And when candidate Trump became President Trump this very “un-buttoned down” communication style became, if you can believe it, even looser.

And if you believe that the one who sits in the Oval Office sets the tone then it seems just about everybody on both sides of the political aisle seem more than willing, giddy even, to join in the “presidential poopy party.”

Pelosi calls Trump a “lying loser.’ Schumer says he’s a “mentally unfit clown.” McCain says the president is “an unstable liar.”

And on and on. Perusing the daily news each morning is becoming more and more like just getting a quick update on the “insult-O-Meter.”

 

First 100 days sean spicer

I don’t care that he resigned. I’ll still kick who I want.

 

Perhaps, all this unrestrained venting is good for the soul. I don’t know.

Meanwhile, maybe not so coincidentally though, nothing appears to be really getting done.

The GOP despite having 7 years to prepare for this day simply cannot reform, replace, repeal, fix or even “skinnify” ObamaCare. Tax Reform now seems paralyzed. Infrastructure fixing is at a standstill. The notorious wall is yet to be started. When they are not demanding investigative committee hearings on each other the Donkey and the Elephant are counting the days and hours until recess. Maybe they can start throwing spit balls at each other on the congressional playground.

In short, the GOP can’t legislate, the White House can’t seem to stop insulting each other long enough to govern and the Democrats seem obsessed over all things Russia to such an extent they still don’t appear ready, willing or able to exploit all this mess and win an election.

But boy, they sure can insult each other with colorful language.

Doesn’t seem like any kind of way to run a country though.

What a bunch of blasted idiots.

Sorry, maybe it’s contagious.

 

disney baby

Clean up yer act or else!

 

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7 thoughts on “All The Potty-Mouthed President’s Men. And Women.

  1. Victoria C says:

    The swear words are words we know. It’s the alternative words that are more interesting fodder. Too bad Secretary Spicy is no longer with us. I would like to see the Spicy-bet complete.

    https://www.gq.com/story/sean-spicers-alternative-abcs

    At least we still have bigly amounts of covefe. For now.

  2. Ashley C says:

    I’m a lady. I cuss. I like to cuss. It can be fun, if can be funny, it makes me feel better, and sometimes there’s no better way to relieve some stress than dropping an f-bomb.

    However, there is a time and place.

    An on-the-record interview is not the time nor the place.

    The childish insults of Mr. Trump and others are just that, childish.

    Whatever happened to leading by example? You cannot expect more of your people than you are willing to do. You cannot ask your people to do something that you will not do yourself. We really need to re-introduce etiquette back into our nation. Maybe then we can all stop fighting like children long enough to run the country.

  3. Melany B says:

    I know that I’m shaking my head most days I look at the news and see more non effective name calling, but I can’t help but wonder, how do we look to the rest of the world? What happened to the days when we were viewed as the “Land of the free and home of the brave.” Immigrants came here for opportunity. We were proud to be a multicultural country. You could come here and create your own good fortune. Economic and educational opportunities were abundant. Now we’re just a bunch of name calling 2 year olds, stomping our feet if we don’t get our way. Yay, that’s just where I want to live. In the Roosevelt and Wilson years, talking/acting like this behind closed doors was acceptable. Everyone had/has their moments of irritation and lack of filter. But calling someone fat or a slob on the campaign trail, when did that become someone to look up to? The President of the United States is a position of respect. It’s hard to treat it that way when someone is acting like a child.

  4. lauren h says:

    I completely agree. Honestly, I think the language and Presidential “tone” that Trump is setting forward as an example still goes back to the guise of his campaign in the first place…He is all about the “Shock and Awe” factor. The disgustingly piggish things that he says keep people talking about him and keeps his name on the tips of their tongues. I also think that it is all a diversionary tactic for yes, like you mentioned- the things that are NOT getting done…But also, more scarily to divert us from the things that he IS getting done…like building his Russian relations…and building personal factories for his businesses in other countries outside of the U.S. I am not a fan, but I have to think often that it is really all a show and that is not WHO he is. He is smart, he has built a successful empire, and he has displayed acts of kindness and generosity that simply he doesn’t have publicized. Here is to hoping that during his presidency we see him grow up enough to stop with the games for the media fest.

    Lauren H.

  5. A. B says:

    I am sick of the profanity, especially from people who are leading our country. I believe they should show more control when expressing themselves in public eye. I totally get using profanity if you are among friends, but not in the workplace. Young impressionable children are observing and learning. I know kids can hear most anything at home today from the television, songs, or the internet. Yet, I do not think it is a good thing for anyone to hear public officials using profanity. I personally feel they should be more professional, and using profanity is a detriment to their character, maybe only in this southern girl’s eyes.

  6. Lucas E says:

    I will be the first to admit that I use rather course language from time to time. And as an American I don’t think censorship is a good thing. We have the right to speak freely. We can say what we feel consequences be darned. However, there is a thing called professionalism. We no doubt live in a more casual world than we once did. This doesn’t mean that there is room for course language in the media. In fact, I can remember when calling someone a liar in public was taboo. We had to use words like mistaken, unfounded, or wrong.

    Say what you will at home. There is a time and place for the language that we use. But an on the record interview, debate, rally, and cabinet meeting is not the place for course language. Remember someone’s grandmother and child is watching. That should at least be a reminder to be civil. Politicians should be setting the example of how to employ civil polite discourse to achieve goals and legislation. We live in a orderly society, and we should act as such.

    Remember the children are watching. We need role models, and the cameras are always rolling now more than ever.

  7. Elizabeth B says:

    Is the White House a place of politics now, or is it just a circus? As far as I’m concerned, what we are witnessing is a bad continuation of “Celebrity Apprentice” and no one is qualified to do their jobs. And after a few months (or even days) they get the chop.. as Donald Trump’s signature line suggests, “ya fired.” Trump won the presidency despite overtly describing his acts of sexual assault on a hot mic, but what more could we expect–we allowed a reality star to become the most powerful person of the free world. Now, we can’t even negotiate NOT ending the world with nuclear weapons against North Korea because our leader is too busy slinging childish nicknames around like “Rocket Man” directed towards dictators. It’s a sad day when even China seems normal to us all, and seems to be a voice of reason in all that is diplomatic. But at least now, most of Donald Trump’s voting base can be proud of their “TRUMP THAT BI***” t-shirts hanging in their closets. As Hillary Clinton warned, “A president you can bait with a tweet should not be trusted with nuclear codes.” At this point, “presidential” is laughable. Perhaps the last “presidential” president we will see in the near future will have been President Obama, even though he offended half a nation with a tan suit…heaven forbid. The way Donald Trumps tries-too-hard to get the media’s attention with a new promise to BUILD. THAT. WALL. and deport hundreds of thousands of intelligent, hard working immigrant men, women, and children, is a cry for “ratings” so he can control the news cycle on all mainstream media outlets. It’s truly sad to watch. And what’s even sadder, are the people that have to ruin their political reputations by becoming glorified White House Babysitters. (I’m looking at you, Paul Ryan >.>)

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