Being president is so stressful, one study says, it can actually take years off a person’s life. The role of commander in chief has been called “the world’s hardest job,” one so well-known for turning men’s hair gray that the phenomenon even has a name: “the White House effect.”
So it probably comes as no surprise that the revered leaders of the free world have let a few four-letter words fly at work.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump managed single-handedly to anger people on at least three continents with his comments about immigrants from “shithole countries,” remarks that U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville called “racist.”
Trump’s offending stance on immigration aside, the president joins a long line of men whose filthy and occasionally extremely creative use of the more vulgar parts of the English language would make Mitt Romney blush.
What separates Trump and other modern presidents from their oil-painted predecessors is the near ubiquity of recording devices, social media and a 21st-century public that parses a president’s every utterance in real time.
But if we’re really honest, do we think Abraham Lincoln talked about consecrated and hallowed ground all the time? Or that the worst thing Franklin D. Roosevelt said about Adolf Hitler was that he was a “very mean dictator”?