I know this is a subject that some of you feel we’ve discussed enough. I thought so too until I saw this on the news the other night.
When the whole Joe Biden dropping the F-ing bomb in President Obama’s ear when a mike was on was first discussed, I have to admit that I’m guilty too, I just didn’t think too much about it. Then it was discussed on The View and I still didn’t think much of it. Joy Behar even made the comment that “this is “Joe Biden.” It’s just who he is and he doesn’t act any different that he ever did.” Okay, is this really how we want our leaders to talk? I’ve also heard that “in his defense, he didn’t know the mike was on.” Does that make it okay?
Meet McKay Hatch. Here is a little of what he has to say. “”We are very disappointed with Vice President Biden’s words during the passing of the health bill,” said McKay in a press conference he called Friday. Hatch founded the “No cussing club” at his junior high school in 2007, after getting fed up with the foul language he heard at school. “A lot of kids at my school, and some of my friends, would cuss and use dirty language all the time,” Hatch said. “They did it so much; they didn’t even realize they were doing it. It bothered me so much that one day I challenged them to stop.”
His cause struck a nerve, and he soon appeared on dozens of news programs, was cited by Dr. Phil and went to other schools to give inspirational talks.
The club currently boasts 35,000 members from all 50 states and 20 different countries. Now Hatch is challenging the country’s second in command to take up his no-swearing challenge.
“All we ask is for a public apology and for him to take the ‘no cussing challenge’ and show America that hope and change starts at the top,” Hatch said. Hatch suggested Biden put money in a “cussing jar” every time he cusses to remind himself to keep it clean and then donate the money to charity. He’s mailing the vice president a cussing jar.
“Many kids and adults all over the world look up to Vice President Biden as a role model,” said Hatch, who is also the National Youth Spokesperson for the Parents Television Council.
“So with that huge responsibility, he needs to be a good role model for kids and use clean and appropriate language,” Hatch said.
What do you think? Are we quickly becoming a society that allows our leaders to talk this way and think it’s okay? I know I’ve let that bomb drop but somehow, I never forgot where I was or who might hear me. I’ve never said it at work nor in front of my grandchildren. Does it make it okay that he didn’t know the mike was on? What if it were your child’s principal or teacher? What if it were your priest of clergyman? I know the announcers on the news said during this story that if they let words like this fly, they would be fired. Should it be okay for some and not others?
The other thing that I’m thinking here is “how” this word was used. Most people who do this are usually name calling but Biden seems happy with himself. Obama laughs too but I really wonder if he knew at the time what to do. I mean really, the mike is right there. Part of me wonders just how much he (Biden) cared at all and this is why it bothers me somewhat more than the F word being said in a closed-door meeting and was accidently caught by someone somehow. If you haven’t seen it, here it is. Take a close look at both of them having a jolly good laugh over it.
So, let’s discuss…….what’s your opinion?