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Check this, I’m reading Rolling Stone Magazine online. Yes, I will confess that I do pick up a copy of the book once in a while. But the article in the magazine displays which will be available during the week of the Election, commenting about President Obama’s potentially Second Term. But an excerpt from the article is having folks, including Mitt Romney’s folks crying foul. Oh really? In the article, and I quote: “You know, kids have good instincts,” Obama offered. “They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bull—-er, I can tell.'”

Well, OK. So Obama had his “controversial gaffe” on. WOW! Is this is huge news? Oh wait we had that already. Donald Trump wanted Obama to turn over his college records, and Passports to see with a 5 million dollars exchange. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!  But what is this about this “gaffe” that has those well, blood boiling? You can say, oh, it’s freedom of speech. But some might say, Hey he’s the President, he has to watch his language. You know kids pick up on things nowadays.” And my personal favorite: “YOOOOOOOOOO the POTUS just went off on Romney in Rolling Stone like crazy!  Dude was gangsta! He said some real sh-t!”

Ok, now that I almost let my Freedom of Speech thing go off the cliff, I’m revering back to neutral. Now I said this on Barack Obama’s Facebook Like Page, that he isn’t the only one in Presidential History of the country to use a “gaffe”. But there have been others:

1950’s  – LBJ on Richard Nixon:  “I may not know much, but I know chicken s–t from chicken salad…. [Richard Nixon]’s like a Spanish horse, who runs faster than anyone for the first nine lengths, and then turns around and runs backwards. You’ll see; he’ll do something wrong in the end. He always does. – Source Wikipedia.

1993: On 16 February 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton snapped at an aide “Listen, god–mn it. Come here. You can’t do that. You can’t take me out here with a mayor and a congresswoman and push them back” after a member of his staff tried to prevent the mayor and Congresswoman Eleanor Norton from joining the President walking to a porch for a photo opportunity with construction workers.[15]   – Source Wikipedia.

2000: During his 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush called New York Times reporter Adam Clymer a “major league a–hole” just before a campaign speech to Vice-President Dick Cheney, whose response (“big time”) was also audible. The media reaction was intense, with news stations repeatedly broadcasting it and the New York Post running two pages about the incident.[16][17] Bush said of the incident: “I regret that a private comment I made to the vice-presidential candidate made it onto the public airwaves. I regret everybody heard what I said.”[18][19] – – Source Wikipedia.

2006:  On 17 July 2006 a private conversation between U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg was picked up by a nearby microphone. Bush told Blair he hoped the UN would “get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s–t” (referring to Syria’s influence over and support of Hezbollah in the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon), and that by doing so, the crisis would be over. This was reaffirmed by the suggestion to “get Kofi [Annan] on the phone with [Bashir] Assad and make something happen.” He also revealed that Condoleezza Rice would visit the area. – Source Wikipedia.

Now for you history buffs, you probably know this very well. Almost. But for those who are just shocked and applauded about the use of Obama’s latest gaffes, if you don’t know, now you know. It has happened before with the Presidents before him. Technically, THIS IS NOTHING NEW! It maybe “new” to those who are now hearing this for the first time. Sort of reminds me of those loops of Wisconsin Representative Democrat Tammy Baldwin, saying the words “You’re Da-m Right!” on those GOP supported commercials. BUT what they don’t tell you that the quote actually came from a workers right rally in which she was supporting and speaking. AGAIN. Nothing new!

It seems to me that the whole “words out of context” is getting nerve racking. All because of not finding a common reason why these things occur. If there are some who do understand without getting the run around effects, guess what, they know. I know personally because I studied it in college. And it was U.S. History. But the side of U.S. History that I studied was further in deep.  Now realization should tell you that.

Some of you probably have condemned Obama for saying that quote in Rolling Stone Magazine. Partially, it was about “trust” according to the White House Spokesperson. Technically, Rolling Stone has been explicitly open for 50 years dealing with music and politics. Shoot, I read about the comments of Whitney Houston in Rolling Stone. And some were explicit. But she was real in her own objectives. Clearly, it’s just like The radio guests and hosts use colorful language all the time. But in between that, the issue of community and the world really stands out. I don’t have to like it. But it is what it is in terms of Free Speech. Or Freedom of Expression.