A few examples:
On occasion, Lincoln talked about Ethan Allen’s first trip to England after the revolutionary war.
The British had put a picture of General Washington in the outhouse behind where Allen was saying.
Allen’s hosts asked whether he had seen the picture.
Allen replied: “There is nothing to make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of General George Washington.”
LBJ was once asked why he didn’t take Richard Nixon’s speeches seriously.
LBJ responded: “Boys, I may not know much, but I do know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad.”
Harry Truman once told Time Magazine why, exactly, he fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur:
“I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”
Andrew Jackson owned a parrot named Poll. But when the first lady died, the parrot spent a lot of time with Old Hickory and learned many words Jackson frequently spoke in private.
When Jackson died in 1845, people gathered to pay a final tribute – along with one talking parrot.
The Rev. William Menefee Morment, who presided over the funeral, described the scene:
“Before the sermon… a wicked parrot that was a household pet… commenced swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people.” The bird “let loose perfect gusts of ‘cuss words,’ ” so many that people were “horrified and awed at the bird’s lack of reverence.” The bird refused to shut up and “had to be carried from the house.”
Let’s hope the same consideration is given to the trumpster in the dumpster.
The Milanda Panna is a famous work of Buddhist literature, probably compiled in the 1st century B.C. It presents Buddhist doctrine in a dialogue between a Bactrian Greek,Menander I, who plays the 'Devil's Advocate' and a Buddhist sage, Nagasena. The introduction outlines the historical background against which the dialogues took place, indicating the meeting of two great cultures that of ancient Greece and the Buddhism of the Indus valley, which was the legacy of the great Emperor Asoka.