And Obama is, of course, hardly the first president to swear; anyone who has heard the Richard Nixon tapes or is familiar with Lyndon B. Johnson’s penchant for folksy/vulgar language could tell you that. Even conservative Christian George W. Bush was caught on a hot mic during his presidency calling a New York Times reporter a “major-league [expletive].”
But it is still somewhat interesting to see the leader of the free world not only admitting he curses frequently, but that he endorses the practice as a stress-reliever.
Perhaps he saw that study this month suggesting cursing has its benefits and sees now as the moment for a president to spearhead social change:
According to the researchers, the findings suggest that swearing is mostly a vehicle for expressing strong emotion – anger, frustration, derogation, surprise and elation — among people who care less about who they might offend. Cursing is an intense, succinct and powerful way of expressing yourself, even if some people find it unpleasant.