Great Moments in Presidential (and Vice Presidential) Speech

Similarly, as NBC illustrates in its brief, in recent times even the top leaders of our government have used variants of these expletives in a manner that no reasonable person would believe referenced “sexual or excretory organs or activities.” See Br. of Intervenor NBC at 31-32 & n. 3 (citing President Bush’s remark to British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needed to “get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit” and Vice President Cheney’s widely-reported “Fuck yourself” comment to Senator Patrick Leahy on the floor of the U.S. Senate).

Fox v. FCC, 2007 WL 1599032, *13 (2nd Cir. 2007). I couldn’t resist. I doubt very much that Bush/Cheney use more profanity than Truman or Kennedy or Clinton 42.

To salvage a snarky post with a real idea, indecency and profanity is an interesting area for me. Generally, I get very nervous when our government wants to monitor what we say or what we do with our bodies. On the other hand, I do think it is destructive to feed our minds pornography, including what gore porn (used by someone on NPR to describe Hostile II or VII or whatever). Anyway, I’d definitely like the church to denounce use of pornography, but I don’t think I want the government to get too involved.

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