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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16 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 >.>)

  8. Catherine S says:

    Well, not to be THAT person, but I sort of blame this on the Millennials. Whoa, whoa, hear me out here Charlie. Between Gen X and the Millennials, we’ve somehow created a numbness to vulgarity in TV, Movies, Videos Games, Music, and the Media [obligatory reference to Miley Cyrus here]. News outlets included. With shows like Howard Stern, The Daily Shows (Jon Stewart version), Red Eye, Politically Incorrect, and more. We’ve desensitized ourselves to the inappropriate in the name of being hip with the times. Because that’s apparently what it means to be hip in 2017. To have a potty mouth, sex and drugs in literally every channel, in every movie, and in every book. The vulgar sells and I honestly have no idea. I’m not saying I don’t curse, because I do, but there’s a line between an occasional outburst, and it being a way of life. Along the lines of the movie Idiocracy, we’ve become increasingly and infuriatingly idiotic. There is no class or wit to our society now. It’s all displayed with four letter words and nudity because being in-your-face is seemingly the new “classy” as defined by the Gen X’ers through the Millennials. At this point they are the “target audience” that everyone is catering too. We’ve done it to ourselves. We’ve allowed this to happen by looking the other way while this unclassy snowball gained speed.

  9. Jessica V. says:

    All of the petty name-calling and political ballyhoo definitely gets under my skin. It’s ridiculous. It also bothers me that nothing….is…..getting……done. So frustrating! However, what I find most bothersome is the fact that President Trump cannot seem to act or speak presidentially–ever. Just yesterday, while in Puerto Rico, he told them they were throwing the budget “out of whack”. Good grief! Why would he think that comment was appropriate?!!! He’s the type of person that would complain to a child in the hospital about how much the bills were going to be. Disgusting or to use one of Trump’s faves….Sad.
    He also tweeted something about Puerto Rico’s debts recently, like that provides any justification for the lack of response after the hurricane.

    Several months ago, I started hoping that it was all a big act, that the “real Donald Trump” would emerge, pulling the biggest “you got punk’d” ever. I don’t think it’s gonna happen. He may have been a smart, successful business person for part of his life (although even that’s debatable)…but he’s a mess as a president.

  10. James M S says:

    What you do on your own time is none of my business. But when you are speaking to the American people or speaking on behalf of America. I think colorful language needs to be whited out. As elected officials need to be held to a higher stander along with the staff they hire. Mostly when its directed towards another political figure, talk, that’s all it is. Running of the mouth, I would think if you work in the WH, there should be plenty of work to do. Evidently not or maybe the stress of the job “gives” them reason to act in this manner. As individuals of all ages are hearing these comments which shouldn’t be heard by small kids. Maybe I’m old fashion, broadcasting this out through the media is not the place nor the time. Utilizing this type of language shows low morals and lessons the demeanor of the individuals. If you’re going to represent America in some aspect, be respectful and have a high standard.

  11. Kacie says:

    Wow. It is extremely hard to try and be “politically correct” with this one, even though our current “leader” is unable to do so. But let me be honest with this one. Every one is entitled to speak their minds. In fact, I wold be shocked if someone said that they didn’t occasionally slip up. But my issues here is that if you are literally running a state, then you should at least hold off in public. I get it. It is a new day and age and the general population are desensitized to local media and what not. But when your nation has to endure your drunk schizophrenic like tendencies via social media, it is just a joke Have some damn decorum and at least pretend like you are able to do your duty. I personally am embarrassed to indirectly yet directly represented by this joke of a man. I was raised to show respect and thus earn it. But it seems as though this sentiment is lost in the digital age.

  12. R.W. says:

    And what great reality television…unfortunately it is our government at work which we, as citizens, are paying good money for them to work. We already have entertainment with its own issues and our government should not be in this role. While adopting the vernacular of popular culture can be a great tool to endear themselves to citizens, I have to wonder if those in our government are actually adults rather than 7th grade bullies attempting to one up each other. I believe it will be telling at the two-year election mark about what is actually felt regarding the communication (in addition to others) style our President and his administration is heeding. The term professional is used in a variety of terms and can be customized to personal styles to express genuineness without resorting to childhood antics.

  13. Gary G. says:

    This was by far a very comical replay of where we have become. Unfortunately it is becoming the dumbing down of America. With the increase of social media and instant news without verification and fact checking, we’re seeing the unfiltered nonsense that would have been said behind closed doors, then polished for the cameras the next morning. But I find this situation taken to a new low level with the Trump administration, and it certainly has become contagious. Campaigner in Chief Trump never stopped campaigning and he never flipped the switch to governing Trump. So the result is the funny rhetoric that made him popular in the campaign season has filtered away. The problem is now it creates issues with getting policies passed, enacting new legislation, and gravely impacts our foreign relations to include potential military conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The real question is, what do we do now? How do we right this ship because this behavior is now the new norm? I don’t know that there is a real answer. It would seem to be that the most intelligent and thick-skinned politicians would run and hold office, but I have my doubts that the case. Smart people don’t want to run for office. What I see as the next successful candidate is someone who’s a little rough around the edges, has great diplomacy skills, and knows the boundary line of being a little crass on social media, but professional in person, and knowing that when it comes to international diplomacy, it is always to be done professionally. Until then, we are going to continue to spiral out of control in leadership and that should be the most concerning thing to us all.

  14. Christopher C. says:

    I think it is interesting that we are surprised or shocked that our politicians, media, and pundits speak the way they do. Has anyone been to the mall lately and listed to this generation talk? Vulgar is the new norm. Their are anti-bullying campaigns everywhere. They need to start at the top. We have are in a vicious cycle where this type of behavior has become the new “norm.” Kids don’t have respect for authority. Politicians don’t have respect for the power they hold and the office they serve. The media has no respect for their purpose in society. Where are the nation’s leaders and why aren’t they leading? I can assure you there is nothing even remotely resembling leadership in our Nation’s Capital-especially when they are acting like they are still on the playground.

  15. CHall says:

    Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way sticking up for Donald Trump and his absolutely ridiculous comments. He is completely unprofessional and un-presidential most of the time. However, I would like to point out the reason he was elected. Most people that voted for Trump claim they voted for him because he was not a life-long politician. They wanted to cut out the politically correct BS and get to the truth, ugly or not. I will admit that during the campaign I overlooked some of Trump’s comments and passed them off as inexperience. Politics aside, you do have to admit that Hillary Clinton has been primed to be president for her entire life, Trump has not. Hillary has been trained on what to say, how to say it, and when. Trump has not. That being said, I still think Trump’s comments are totally inappropriate and I find myself just shaking my head every time I hear him speak.

    I think one reason we are seeing this progression of un-presidential language is because our society has grown somewhat desensitized to it. Our current culture seems to revolve around social media and having an online presence. Back when I was little, my mom always taught me to never air your dirty laundry. However today, it is completely normal and sometimes even expected, to put everything…everything online – our president included! I think this new way of attaining news breaks down walls that used to exist and reveals things that once only happened behind closed doors.

  16. Levi says:

    I think one of President Trump’s traits that voters and his base tend to like most is his openness. People have grown tired of cookie cutter politicians who are like a pull-string doll, they have a set number of things they will say, and you can’t expect them to deviate from that. Trump is different. He speaks seemingly whatever pops into his thought process. It is an interesting experiment in free writing. And his base loves it. I fully support free expression, but in this case, is it really okay for the President of the United States to put his thought process out for the world to see? This gives an unbridled view into what is going on not only within the WH, but also within the man. This has to be a wealth of information to foreign intelligence analyst. So in that respect I find it concerning.
    But overall, it is a breath of fresh air to see a politician speak so openly and freely to the citizens. Though, I really wish he would be more tactful in the way he says some things.

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