In­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks are just a win­dow to what’s wrong

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - L.A. Parker Colum­nist L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian colum­nist. Reach him at la­parker@ tren­to­ Fol­low on Twit­ter @la­parker6.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama would likely never make this ad­mis­sion but about eight years ago our na­tion’s first black pres­i­dent re­ceived sage ad­vice here about his first-term pres­i­dency.

“Keep it in your pants, Mr. Pres­i­dent.”

Eight years later, Pres­i­dent Obama en­joys re­mark­able pop­u­lar­ity as his Cau­casian pre­de­ces­sor for­mer Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Jef­fer­son Clin­ton and wannabe Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Don­ald J. Trump, re­ceive a come­up­pance about their in­abil­ity to not hump or dream of such rubs against any fe­male, tree or lamp post.

Guess it’s all that male testos­terone and big-handed ex­u­ber­ance that drives men to drink or to­ward other women.

And a very fine En­gel­bert Humperdinck to you this fine day, lassie.

Rules re­main sim­plis­tic for men hold­ing po­lit­i­cal of­fice. Stay away from pay-to-play wind­fall and ad­here to that fa­mous Wash­ing­ton, D.C. adage to not get caught in some room with a dead girl or live boy. Of course, guide­lines have changed as our sex­ual sur­round­ings in­clude many other trap­pings.

Be­ing caught on tape voic­ing lewd com­ments about women can serve as death knell for up­start bil­lion­aire busi­ness­men like Trump, who of­fered a de­fense that his con­ver­sa­tion with NBC tele­vi­sion star Billy Bush were just that, all talk.

At least, Trump did not of­fer the Ev­ery­man “It wasn’t me,” Shaggy de­fense. That’s Shaggy not shag­ging. “Honey came in and she caught me red-handed, creep­ing with the girl next door. (It wasn’t me).

Trump walked back these com­ments made in 2005 about Nancy O’Dell, for­mer host of Ac­cess Holly wood.

“You know I moved on her ac­tu­ally, I moved on her and I failed. I’ll ad­mit it. I did try and f*ck her,” he told Bush dur­ing a bus con­ver­sa­tion. “She was mar­ried. And I moved on her very heav­ily. In fact, I took her out fur­ni­ture shop­ping. She wanted to get some fur­ni­ture. I said, “Ill show you where they have some nice fur­ni­ture. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was mar­ried. Then all of a sud­den I see her, she’s got these phony tits and ev­ery­thing. She’s to­tally changed her look.”

By the way, Trump ap­par­ently had been mar­ried to his third wife, Me­la­nia, just months be­fore his al­leged O’Dell en­counter. Trump at­tempted ir­rel­e­vance when mod­er­a­tor An­der­son Cooper in­quired about his 2005 Bush con­ver­sa­tion.

“It’s just words. Folks. It’s just words,” Trump said. The em­bat­tled can­di­date then segued to a “just words” con­nec­tor to past Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign prom­ises for “the African-Amer­i­cans” and Lati­nos. O’Dell, the ob­ject of Trump’s de­sire, of­fered this per­spec­tive with a re­leased state­ment.

“Pol­i­tics aside, I’m sad­dened that these com­ments still ex­ist in our so­ci­ety at all. When I heard the com­ments yes­ter­day, it was dis­ap­point­ing to hear such ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women,” O’Dell wrote. “The con­ver­sa­tion needs to change be­cause no fe­male, no per­son, should be the sub­ject of such crass com­ments, whether or not cam­eras are rolling. Ev­ery­one de­serves re­spect no mat­ter the set­ting or gen­der. As a woman who has worked very hard to es­tab­lish her ca­reer, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a so­ci­ety we will al­ways strive to be bet­ter.”

O’Dell did not of­fer just words but heart­felt an­guish about a so­ci­ety that teth­ers a “boys will be boys” agenda even when the vul­gar re­marks drop the mouths of grown men. Trump and his sup­port­ers still claim that his re­marks were locker room ban­ter and that he never be­lieved his own words that be­ing a star al­lows him to as­sault women, kiss­ing them for his per­sonal whim and “grab­bing their p**sy.”

And not only that, Trump es­poused his be­lief that star­dom makes women weak to the point that they will ac­qui­esce any suitor. Even if Trump’s talk were just words, his foul-mouthed as­ser­tions as a 60-yearold bil­lion­aire should make ev­ery­one pause then re­ject ev­ery­thing about this in­ap­pro­pri­ate can­di­date.

I mean, when for­mer Repub­li­can Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, who cheated on his wife with the fam­ily house­keeper and fa­thered a child with her, with­draws his sup­port then your be­hav­ior likely strayed sig­nif­i­cantly out­side the lines of ac­cep­tance.

His­tory teaches us that men have al­lowed sex­ual de­sires to Trump (ahem) rea­son­ing as men from King David to for­mer Detroit Mayor Kwame Kil­patrick en­gaged in ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs.

The next list of Trump de­sert­ers will in­clude dis­graced for­mer Speaker of the House Den­nis Hastert (R-Illi­nois), for­mer Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colorado), Gen. David Pe­traeus, Rep. Mark Fo­ley (R-Florida) and a list of other politi­cians like Rep. An­thony Weiner (D-New York) or Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) who for the life of Ri­ley will not ad­here to the L.A. Parker Golden Rule.

“Keep it in your pants, fel­las.”

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