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President Obama’s strong endorsement of swearing

President Obama appeared on Jerry Seinfeld’s "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." (Video: Courtesy of Crackle)
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Over at Arts and Entertainment, Dan Zak has your full recap of President Obama's appearance on Jerry Seinfeld's “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Here's the quote that stood out to us:

“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.”

This, of course, isn't altogether surprising. Obama has been shown on camera calling Kanye West a jackass” for his award-show antics, he mused during the BP oil spill that he needs to figure out “whose ass to kick,” and venerated former ABC reporter Ann Compton has said she has seen Obama go on a profane tirade in a meeting with reporters.

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.