Paul Bedard of U.S. News & World Report raised a few eyebrows this week when he went public about President George W. Bush’s fondness for…well…farts.
Yep. The President farts – a lot. He farts in front of other White House staffers. He likes to joke about farts, cusses constantly and laughs with glee at the misfortune of others.
He loves to cuss, gets a jolly when a mountain biker wipes out trying to keep up with him, and now we’re learning that the first frat boy loves flatulence jokes. A top insider let that slip when explaining why President Bush is paranoid around women, always worried about his behavior. But he’s still a funny, earthy guy who, for example, can’t get enough of fart jokes. He’s also known to cut a few for laughs, especially when greeting new young aides, but forget about getting people to gas about that.
We’ve heard the same from others. In fact, the President’s fondness for spicy Mexican food leads to farts that can clear a room.
Bush is not the first crude President nor will he likely be the last.
Harry Truman belched and farted in front of people, much to the consternation of wife Bess. Dwight Eisenhower may have been in the Army but he cussed like a sailor. John F. Kennedy would leer at young women and make comments about their attributes. He was, according to historians, a breast man.
Lyndon Johnson scratched his crotch at Cabinet meetings and in front of female White House staff members. Richard Nixon, as the Oval Office tapes showed, cussed a blue streak.
Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, may have been the last President too tight-assed to do anything untoward while in office but Ronald Reagan loved dirty jokes and said “goddamn” a lot. George H.W. Bush also liked raunchy jokes and told staffers he knew whether or not New York Times reporter Maureen Dowd was or was not a natural redhead because of the short skirts she wore while sitting in the front row at Presidential press conferences.
The whole world knows what Bill Clinton did in the Oval Office with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and White House staffers told frequent stories of his lewd and suggestive comments to other women.
And Bush likes to fart. Now we know why things stink in his administration.