Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bush should swear more often?

If you have delicate eyes and ears, please stop reading this post.

Bush said "shit." Stop the freakin' press...he said "shit"! Specifically, he said "See the irony is what they [presumably the UN] need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over."

John Dickerson thinks Bush needs to swear more often. From Slate:
Damn, I wish the president would swear more. When his private conversation with Tony Blair was picked up yesterday on an open microphone, I was heartened, not shocked. "See the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over," Bush said. Lebanon is in flames. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is enriching. Isn't this a time for swearing?

Shouldn't we hope that when he's in private, Bush is throwing around the barnyard epithets? I don't think anyone would have been comforted if his aside to Tony Blair had been about weight lifting or the soufflé they had for lunch. Tony, did you see what Jacques was wearing?
Instead, the president said to his closest ally, in front of whom he was presumably being his most authentic self: "I feel like telling Kofi to get on the phone with Assad and make something happen." Cover your ears! George Bush is expressing his feelings, and his feelings are that he wants the United Nations to engage in more diplomacy. Why, he sounds like a Democrat!

In the history of presidential potty mouths, Bush is a piker. The office of the presidency has a long and storied history of coarse talk. Clinton seemed to make it three-dimensional. Presidents Johnson and Nixon were expletive virtuosos. President Bush would have to stop riding the mountain bike and devote his time to competitive swearing to match their proficiency.
By contrast, Bush has only been caught swearing twice in the last six years, an amazing drought given that his presidency is essentially live-blogged. He can't even ask about a bathroom break without it going all over the world. When he's captured offering a true thing sharply stated, we should applaud. His candor yesterday isn't the problem—the lack of candor every other day is.
Bush said "shit"...and I, for one, don't give a shit!