Skip to comments.Dana Milbank: Future Scholars Will Be Shocked By Number of F-bombs Dropped By This White House
Posted on 03/10/2013 11:09:00 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Dana Milbank: Future Scholars Will Be Shocked By Number of F-bombs Dropped By This White House By Noel Sheppard Created 03/10/2013 - 1:45pm
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank made an interesting observation Sunday about the vulgarity prominent in the current presidential administration.
Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Milbank said, "The number of F-bombs being dropped by this White House, scholars are going to look in the national archives in 20 or 30 years and they're going to be shocked by the language that was coming out of this place" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Is there an expectation in this Democratic White House that if you are granted access they expect you to kind of play ball?
DANA MILBANK, WASHINGTON POST: Well, that part of it is true in any White House. There's always this sort of implied quid pro quo that you trade access for good coverage, and it doesn't always work out that way, but that's what they try to do. I don't think that the idea of them getting in faces is particularly new or unusual.
KURTZ: Even if it's right in your face?
MILBANK: I actually once had to clean Ari Fleischer's spittle from my face. This was the Bush White House press secretary.
KURTZ: I have that image.
MILBANK: Yes, I havent had to do that here. I think what is different it seems, it's more course. Its more vulgar. Maybe this is how everybody is these days, but the number of F-bombs being dropped by this White House, scholars are going to look in the national archives in 20 or 30 years and they're going to be shocked by the language that was coming out of this place.
KURTZ: Oh, I'm shocked that such words would be used in this kind of discourse.
Make you wonder if Milbank is going to lose his own access to this White House for saying this.
Regardless, his point is an important one given the continuing increase in vulgarity we're seeing in the culture.
The President and his staff are indeed role models, and when they're regularly dropping F-bombs and using other vulgar terms, it shouldn't be surprising that profanity is becoming so dominent in society and at a younger and younger age.
As such, kudos to Milbank for calling the White House out on this.
I doubt it. Coarse language, just like homosexuality and pedophilia, is just something else to which we’re being desensitized. Our founding fathers would be shocked, but I seriously doubt our descendants will be.
Is Michelle included in the count?
Extract from the Orderly Book of the army under command of Washington, dated at Head Quarters, in the city of New York (3 August 1770);
No. This is where I disagree. If these people were really from the inner city you could understand it, because that's what they would have been exposed to. But Obama was raised by educated middle-class people and was sent to one of the finest (and costliest) private schools in the US. He went to Occidental College, and then, it is said, to Columbia University and Harvard Law. Michelle Obama had a solid middle-class upbringing in a pleasant neighborhood, without poverty or privation. She went to a good public high school and then to Princeton. These people speak in such a coarse, crude manner as part of their general rejection of normal American goals, morals, beliefs, ideals, and values.
I don't thinks so. Ever since Bubba klinton lowered the bar on everything from criminal behavior (remember Whitewater?), sexual activities to blatant lying, anything goes! The chi-town thug is just the natural progression of that behavior.
Exactly. It is a direct, though petty, expression of the left’s transgressive spirit.
“Author Tom Wolfe...”
I may have to read this book. I only wish I had the ability and determination to write about this deterioration of our language, from the street corner to the White House. There most certainly is a whole book in there, wouldn’t you say?
I would imagine the language in the White House is pretty tame compared to the language used about this White House.
At my house, anyway.
Come on: Look at these two classless residents and then look at what they pick for their top jobs.
Can anyone really expect not to hear the language of the street from this ghetto crowd?
You don’t get to be a community leader in a black community if you cannot speak the lingo.
I call him the stupid SOB eater. I put the eater part in to confuse my lefty, Obama worshiping readers.
One of the reasons why I won’t see the movie Lincoln is because of the ahistorical use of profanity by Lincoln and others.
Who would be surprised. The F word is a staple of people with small minds.
A friend of my sister always would say, “Vulgarity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully.”
Several of whom post on this board.
Profanity is a mark of the homosexual culture at large, and it isn’t surprising that it is a mark of the homosexual culture in the White House.
I try not to use such language, but sometimes it just slips out. Like when Zero or his cronies say or do something really stupid.