(Editor’s note: while Don is out of the office, please enjoy this guest editorial)
President Donald J. Trump articulates the most colorful comments heard by any leader since Teddy Roosevelt—one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history.
Trump blurts out what everyone mutters in the bar-rooms, pool halls, card games, living rooms, diners, restaurants, recreation centers, car pools and conferences. He articulates what average Americans grumble daily.
Last week, he hit the big time when one of most anti-American U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin (D-IL), a man representing the most lawless city in America, Chicago—snuck out of a meeting to paraphrase the president with his own interpretation of failed third world countries. Durbin created the “S***hole” rendition of that meeting.
That comment gave the mainstream press a field day for their moral and righteous indignation. Jake Tapper, Shepard Smith, Anderson Cooper, Jonathan Karl, et al. Surely, House reps Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson, John Lewis and other “esteemed” members of the Black Caucus—puckered up their lips—with their own versions of Trump’s vernacular.
Exactly what do you call countries like Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Congo, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Somalia and the like—destination resorts for Carnival Cruise ships?
Your favorite retirement countries of choice? The wings of humanity’s highest and best aspirations? Paragons of happiness and human triumph?
Let’s get real: they represent s***holes, and everyone tries to escape them, but the reason they remain horrible places stems from the fact that the people who created them, recreate them in the countries they invade. Look at the streets of Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami and other places where those people migrate. Look at downtown Paris, France or Montreal, Canada—where immigrants trash the places as if every street corner equated to their own garbage cans. Has anyone seen the outskirts of Mexico City? I saw at least 1-3 million people living in cardboard shacks, with tires holding down roof tarps, and everyone does their daily constitutional with the chickens. No toilets, no running water, no decency. Yet the Mexican government won’t do anything to put in toilets or porta potties or some kind of sanitation system. They live on the edge of disaster because of their choices.
At the same time, many presidents said much worse, much nastier, much more racist comments, and more to the point.
A brief history of presidential profanity…please calm yourselves, everyone!
Abraham Lincoln: “There is nothing to make an Englishman sh*t quicker than the sight of General George Washington.”
Barack Obama (speaking in the 3rd person): “Obama really drew the ire of the pious, calling opponent Mitt Romney a ‘bullsh*tter.’ Sometimes the dirty word is the most precise.”
Joe Biden: “This is a big f**king deal.”
Dick Cheney: “Cheney reportedly told Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to ‘go f**k [himself].’”
George W. Bush: “Commented on the presence of New York Times reporter Adam Clymer. Believing he had an audience of one, Bush called Clymer a ‘major-league asshole.’”
Barack Obama: “I don’t think I should take any sh*t from anybody on that, do you?”
Richard Nixon: “The Watergate tapes put the phrase ‘expletive deleted’ on the map.”
Frosty Wooldridge is a Population-Immigration-Environmental specialist: speaker at colleges, civic clubs, high schools and conferences. Facebook: Frosty Wooldridge. Facebook Adventure Page: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World. Www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com. www.frostywooldridge.com.