Inappropriate remarks are just a window to what’s wrong
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.”