A Brief History of Presidential Profanity

From Lincoln to LBJ, dirty words are nothing new in the White House

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Richard Nixon
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Richard Nixon

The Watergate tapes put the phrase "expletive deleted" on the map – White House protesters held signs that read "Impeach the (Expletive Deleted)!" The tapes covered a lot more mundane moments than the wiretapping operation that got the president impeached. In one, Nixon is watching his beloved Redskins attempt to complete a major comeback against the Dallas Cowboys. "Son of a bitch," he mutters when the push falls short. 

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