I couldn’t have been much more than 7-years-old.
I know because this story involves my dear departed brother Lou, who was exactly 10 years my senior.
Once he left for college, just before turning 18, he never moved back home.
That may explain how he became a Democrat.
I remember standing in front of the toy closet in my parent’s den.
It was a built-into-the-wall-full-length-version, with deep wooden shelves and toys piled high.
Beside me was cousin, neighbor and best friend, Billy.
We were trying to decide which board game to play.
Suddenly I lost control and broke the silence.
In honor of Lou, my famous jumble-style censorship shall rule.
I said to Billy:
Oops…I just f%a&r#t^e*d
My brother Lou, who was probably babysitting, retorted.
Hey, don’t use that language!
Billy and I both looked at each other.
We were so young we knew only one other word to describe that act.
And it wasn’t English.
The word we Lebanese kids used for breaking wind was “foos.”
Louis…what word are we supposed to use if that word is bad? Do you want us to say “foos” to all our American friends?
Both Billy and I were waiting for the answer.
I don’t know…just don’t use that first word. It’s foul.
So, there Billy and I were, 6 and 7-year-old boys, locked in a world where every other boy we knew used a word we thought was just a regular verb.
By my brother’s rule, and we believed him, he left us no choice but to use a word our friends wouldn’t understand.
We loved our Lebanese culture, but there were certain things about it that we preferred kept to ourselves.
Like the word “foos.”
Fast forward to 2011.
The latest controversy in the President’s world is the condemnation of another common occurrence.
The use of the video smart phone.
The San Francisco Chronicle, a left-wing newspaper with a usually pro-Obama reporter named Carla Marinucci, broke the windbag’s rule about embarrassing him.
There’s no need to elaborate on this story.
The President’s best friends have decided which game they want to play, it’s called Censor the Truth.
You go Carla…my brother Lou isn’t the only Democrat I admire.