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The national media is in an uproar over the president's alleged comments about why we are promoting immigration from "s***hole countries" while shutting the door for so many immigrants from more advanced nations.
According to the media, there are two issues here. One is the president's language, which they consider inappropriate. And second is the whole issue of who should get favored immigration advantages.
Ahem - Perspective
Ahem, let me offer a little perspective.
Having interviewed six presidents and hosted them in my home and traveled with them on Air Force One, and on commercial aircraft, and in private jets and car caravans and Winnebago's, I can assure you that they all use that word. Including Ronald Reagan, who was otherwise a perfect gentleman.
Moments - White - House - Moment - Donald
As far as inappropriate moments in the White House are concerned, this moment by Donald Trump does not even rank.
John F. Kennedy, you will remember, asked his young staffer, Mimi Alford, to give his buddy, Dave Powers a ****, in his presence. This, in the White House swimming pool. There is Bill Clinton and his dalliances with Lewinsky. Both stories are documented in my book "Game of Thorns."
Presidents - N-word - Woodrow - Wilson - Harry
Five recent presidents used the N-word. Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, FDR, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. In fact, we could say six, because Barack Obama used the word publicly as well. By the way, five of those six presidents are liberal Democrats.
Historian Robert Dallek tells the story of LBJ, who advanced landmark Civil Rights legislation. According to Dallek, the president, once told a young attorney, "son, when I appoint a n***** to the court, I want everybody to know he's a n*****."
Nixon - Staffer - List - Jews - Bureau
Nixon had a staffer make a list of Jews who worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Crude, racist, and inappropriate words and actions are nothing new. They are regrettable and wrong but the...
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