Top profanity in POTUS history

Published: Oct. 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A warning, the following article contains profanity:

With almost a thousand of you sounding off about my Facebook Post about President Obama using profanity, I scoured the internet for quotes from other sitting U.S. Presidents who used "colorful language," and President Obama's comment about Mitt Romney being a "bulls*****r" certainly falls on the less-offensive end of the presidential swearing spectrum. Reagan, Carter, Ford, Clinton, Nixon, Johnson and even Harry S. Truman, were all known to let a profanity slip every now and then.  Presidential candidates who didn't make it to the White House and Vice Presidents were no better.

In 2003, Senator John Kerry talked to Rolling Stone about his decision to vote for the Iraq war, saying, "Did I expect George Bush to f___ it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did." And in March, Biden happily called the health care reform bill a "big f___ deal."

In 2008, former President Clinton became irritable as Obama overtook Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries. Thinking no one could hear him, after an interview with a Philadelphia radio station that put him on the defensive over racial equality issues, Clinton said, "I don't think I should take any shit from anybody on that, do you?"

President George W. Bush called New York Times reporter Adam Clymer a "major league asshole" over a hot mic, to which vice-presidential nominee Dick Cheney agreed. In 1999, during an interview with Tucker Carlson for Talk Magazine, George W. dropped the F-bomb several times.

In 1983, President Reagan got into a shouting match with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre-Elliott Trudeau at a London economic summit.  Assailed for not more aggressively promoting détente with the Soviet Union, Reagan pounded the table and shouted, "God Damn it, Pierre."

In June 1979, as Sen. Ted Kennedy pondered a primary challenge, Jimmy Carter convened a group of congressmen at a White House dinner, and was quoted as saying,

"If Kennedy runs, I'll whip his ass."

President Harry S. Truman was quoted as calling General MacArthur a "dumb son of a bitch."  John F. Kennedy used the same term to refer to Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. And even though John F. Kennedy grew up as a wealthy child of privilege, but his time in the Navy taught him how to swear like a sailor — at least, a little bit.  In April of 1962, President Kennedy became infuriated when the President of U.S. Steel announced major price increases.   Kennedy told a reporter, "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it 'til now."

Lyndon B. Johnson had a famously dirty mouth.  He chided Canada's Lester Pearson for his anti-Vietnam stance by saying, "You pissed on my rug," and once likened the difference between a Senator and a Representative to "the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit." Another Johnson quote, referring to a Kennedy aide: "He wouldn't know how to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel."  When asked what he thought of Gerald Ford, Johnson said, "He can't fart and chew gum at the same time".

Jack Garner, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Vice President from 1933 to 1941, once said the job of VP was "not worth a pitcher of warm piss."

Richard Nixon may hold the unofficial record for being the most openly profane U.S. President — probably because he recorded much of what he said in the Oval Office. In a taped 1971 conversation between the President and two of his aides, Nixon called Mexicans "dishonest," said that blacks lived "like a bunch of dogs" and that San Francisco was full of "fags" and "decorators." And that was just one conversation.

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