Joe Biden, Me and Spontaneous Potty MouthPosted: March 24, 2010
So, the Health Care Bill passed into law here in the US. An opening like that is often a cue for people to start debating the bills merits, or, more likely, begin calling each other names. So I’m just going to say I’m glad it happened and I’m not going to try to talk anyone to my way of thinking about it. At the same time, I don’t think it is anyone’s place to talk me out of my thoughts.
What I’m really here to discuss today is Vice President Joe Biden’s pronouncement to President Obama that “this is a big f-ing deal.”
I’m sure some are howling about his choice of words. Let’s face it, sometimes people use the bad words. What I like is that Biden’s slip validates that we all get excited and say things sometimes.
I stopped by my parents house for lunch today. I had a training class nearby and took the opportunity to go have lunch with them in their back yard. Everything was fine, we were having a great time when, in the midst of a story I let fly with the S word. I was horrified I’d said that in front of my parents. They raised me better than that, and it was an offense of the highest magnitude, in my Dad’s eyes, for me to ever swear in front of my mother when I was younger.
All the same the S word was out there. Despite my advanced age, I made the decision to handle my exuberant outburst with the same strategy I followed with mixed success when I was in my teens. I kept talking. Fast. I embellished the story a little to lengthen it. I talked without let up, then I hugged them both and went back to class. I think it worked.
Are there situations where you don’t want to giddily blurt out obscenities? Sure. Weddings, funerals, day care centers, peace treaty signings, state dinners are just a few places where, ideally, you might be extra careful what falls out of your mouth. Once in a while, though, out they come. We’ve got to understand that about each other.
Mom and Dad, if my teen-aged tactic didn’t work and you did in fact notice, sorry about that. I’ll be a lot more careful, I really should. For what it’s worth, world leaders of every political stripe have made similar slips, albeit not in front of you. But I’m in good company, right?
Thanks for the back up, Joe. I can’t tell you how damned much better I feel after that shit you pulled yesterday morning.