House Speaker John Boehner's Tuesday suggestion that Senate Democrats "get off their ass" was at least the second occasion in two months that the GOP leader has used profanity in reference to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On December 28, Boehner spotted Reid at the White House—during tense negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff—and advised him to "go f-ck yourself," Politico reported. Reid responded, "What are you talking about?" The question prompted Boehner to repeat the crude tip.
Other politicians who caught headlines more than once for swearing include:
President George W. Bush:
In 2000 Bush was recorded pointing out a New York Times reporter to Vice President Dick Cheney and saying that he was a "major league asshole."
In 2006 Bush was recorded telling British Prime Minister Tony Blair that Syria should, "get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit."
Sen. Carl Levin:
In April 2010 the Michigan Democrat repeatedly used the phrase "shitty deal" while grilling a Goldman Sachs executive. Initially he quoted the phrase from an internal E-mail, but then excitedly used it over and over again.
Vice President Joe Biden:
During the March 2010 signing ceremony for President Obama's healthcare reform law, Biden said into a microphone "this is a big f-cking deal."
In March 2009 Biden said "Give me a f-cking break" to a former senate colleague who referred to him as "Mr. Vice President" during an event at Union Station in Washington, D.C., according to an ABC News report.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
The Chicago mayor, who formerly served as Obama's Chief of Staff and as an Illinois congressman, is another famous foul-mouthed politician. According to a 2010 article in The New Republic, Emanuel uses the word "f-ck" in a variety of strange applications. "F-cknutsville" is reportedly how he refers to Washington, D.C.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joked that the stimulus plan could be paid for if someone "put a quarter in a jar every time Rahm uses a swear word."
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee:
The Texas Democrat is cruel to her staff, according to a lengthy 2011 report by The Daily Caller that featured former employees dishing on the "boss from hell." According to the article, Lee "constantly" referred to one staffer as "you stupid motherf-cker."