Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Biden's F Bomb Not a Big Deal

As I was scrolling through Huffington Post yesterday (the political equivalent of US Weekly, in my opinion) I came across a headline about Joe Biden dropping an F bomb on live television. Naturally I was interested, as the latest drama in Kim Kardashian's life just wasn't grabbing my attention. I watched it a few times, heard the F bomb, had a small chuckle, and moved on. [Warning: The video's audio is LOUD]

So you can imagine my surprise when I picked up amNewYork and it's front page was a picture of Biden and his colorful language. It's also front-page fodder for the New York tabloids. It's just odd to me that the day after an historic health care bill is officially signed into law by the president the biggest news maker is the fact that a grown adult said "fuck" in what he thought was a private-enough manner. The fact that the mics picked up what he whispered into Obama's ear speaks more to microphone technology than anything else.

The fact of the matter is that adults use salty language. George W. Bush called a New York Times reporter a "major league asshole" during his 2000 presidential bid. Dick Cheney told Senator Patrick Leahy to "go fuck himself" when Leahy was probing the veep's ties with Halliburton during a Senate photo session (the nicety was returned to Cheney a few years later while touring Katrina devastation in the Gulf). As long as politicians aren't using it in open Congress, in any official capacity, or all the time, it's really not that big of a fucking deal.

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