We Can All Relate To President Obama Talking About His ‘Potty Mouth'
President Obama has a potty mouth, and he's not afraid to admit it.
During an interview with Doris Kearns Goodwin for Vanity Fair, the president stated,
Every once in a while, my team here will hear me go on a rant.
Generally speaking, people who know me will tell you that my public persona is not that different from my private persona.
I am who I am. You sort of get what you see with me.
The two exceptions are that I curse more than I should, and I find myself cursing more in this office than I had in my previous life.
And fortunately, both my chief of staff and my national-security adviser have even bigger potty mouths than me, so it's OK. And the second thing is that I can be much more sarcastic and, I think, sometimes withering in my assessments of things than I allow to show in my public life.
Being president is an extraordinarily stressful job, so you can hardly blame him for blurting out a few expletives here and there.
Correspondingly, research actually shows that cursing relieves stress and pain.
It's also hardly a secret that the president likes to curse. In a 2010 interview with Matt Lauer about the BP oil spill, President Obama said,
I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.
Sometimes, cursing is actually the best way to get your point across and let people know how you truly feel… like, for example, when the president called Kanye West a “jackass” after the rapper famously interrupted Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech.
The president is definitely not the first person to think this about Kanye.
This Vanity Fair interview also isn't the first time the president has admitted he likes to curse. He once told Jerry Seinfeld,
I curse. I curse… Bad stuff, or stupid stuff, is happening constantly, right? Every day.
So, you have to be able to just make fun of a lot of that. Like, ‘That was even dumber and more annoying than usual.'
That's when cursing is really valuable.
President Obama is hardly the only commander-in-chief with a reputation for profanity, either.
Lyndon B. Johnson was notoriously vulgar, and apparently dropped numerous f-bombs. In a conversation with Greek Ambassador Alexandros Matsas about Cyprus in 1965, Johnson reportedly stated,
Fuck your parliament and your constitution.
Research also shows that people who tend to curse are more intelligent and have better vocabulary. So, perhaps we should be comforted by the fact that many presidents curse.
Long story short? You do you, Mr. President.
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