What exactly did Warren G. Harding do during his stint as United States president? No one really knows. But newly-released love letters revealed that his personal life was a lot more interesting than his politics. Naturally, this was the perfect topic of conversation for John Oliver’s latest episode of Last Week Tonight.
Warren G. Harding sent these love letters to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, who was also his neighbor’s wife. The 15-year affair primarily took place during Harding’s time in the Senate, and it ended before he was sworn in as American president in 1921.
But John Oliver noted that Warren G. Harding’s notes were quite different than the usual sweet messages men write for their lady loves. “Believe me, these are not ‘eager, wistful, and jealous love letters,’” Oliver explained. “These are smutty f–k notes, so raunchy a 40-year-old mother of two should be reading them on her Kindle.”
John Oliver then read an excerpt from these Warren G. Harding love letters, which included lines like, “Wouldn’t you like to get sopping wet out on Superior — not the lake –for the joy of fevered fondling and melting kisses?”
The Last Week Tonight host was particularly amused by Warren G. Harding’s constant references to his penis, which the future president named “Jerry.” “Jerry — you recall Jerry … He told me to say that you are the best and darlingest in the world, and if he could have but one wish, it would be to be held in your darling embrace and be thrilled by your pink lips,” John Oliver read.
But while some bloggers were unimpressed by Warren G. Harding’s penis nickname, John Oliver maintained that the former president had a way with words.
“I’ll say this for Warren Harding, as a president he was terrible, but as an R&B lyricist he was way ahead of his time.” John Oliver concluded.
Watch John Oliver read Warren G. Harding’s love notes below.