Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), the congressman who gained nationwide fame after declaring that the Republican plan for health care amounts to hoping that people “die quickly,” has a few choice words — or, rather, one choice acronym — for former Vice President Dick Cheney: “STFU.”
For those not familiar with the expression, that’s Internet parlance for “shut the fuck up.”
Grayson made the comment during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball Wednesday night. Host Chris Matthews had asked the Florida congressman about Cheney’s comments on Fox News Tuesday, in which the former VP called Obama a “radical” and said the president’s decision to bring accused 9/11 plotters to Manhattan to face trial was “a huge mistake.”
“On the Internet there’s an acronym that’s used to apply to situations like this. It’s called ‘STFU,'” Grayson told Matthews. “I don’t think I can say that on the air, but I think you know what that means.”
“Well give me the first part,” Matthews asked.
“Shut,” Grayson responded.
“Oh, I gotcha,” Matthews said. “Stop talking, in crude language. Well, I don’t think you’re going to get [Cheney] to do that.”
Later in the segment, Grayson responded to the controversy over President Obama’s bow to the Japanese emperor.
“I remember [President George W. Bush] kissing [Saudi Crown] Prince Abdullah on the cheek, and then holding his hand for an extended period of time,” Grayson said. “Maybe if he’d let him get to second base, then gasoline would be a dollar a gallon.”
That quip drew a quick rebuke from the Republican party, which quickly showed it’s willing to fight at Grayson’s level.
Eric Kleefeld at TalkingPointsMemo quoted Andy Sere of the National Republican Congressional Committee: “”The foul mouthed man-child from Orlando is at it again, taking to the airwaves to bring shame to struggling Central Florida families who want jobs, not nut-jobs. But speaking of bases, Alan Grayson’s constituents surely find themselves wishing his parents had never gotten past first.”
The following video was broadcast on MSNBC’s Hardball, Wednesday December 9, 2009, and uploaded to the Web by TalkingPointsMemo.
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