During an interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in Vanity Fair, President Barack Obama admitted that there are occasions when he loses his temper and goes on a rant, and when that happens, he tends to curse a lot.
During the interview, Goodwin mentioned that Abraham Lincoln and FDR would often draft letters of response to people when they became frustrated before throwing out those letters because they knew they couldn’t be sent.
“I do it all the time. I will write a response – a full rant,” Obama admitted.
He then went on to say, “And then I’ll crumple it up. Every once in a while, my team here will hear me go on a rant. Generally speaking, people who know me will tell you that my public persona is not that different from my private persona. I am who I am. You sort of get what you see with me. The two exceptions are that I curse more than I should, and I find myself cursing more in this office than I had in my previous life.”
He laughed, then added, “And fortunately both my chief of staff and my national-security adviser have even bigger potty mouths than me, so it’s O.K. And the second thing is that I can be much more sarcastic and, I think, sometimes withering in my assessments of things than I allow to show in my public life.”