Like all Grouches, Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can -- invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task -- Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied -- there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.

Oscar the Grouch

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Sesame Street and Oscar The Grouch

Oscar the Grouch

In honor of the GOP taking control of the House and Senate, I must make a Republican joke. You know you're a Republican if you ever told a child that Oscar the Grouch "lives in a trash can because he is lazy and doesn't want to contribute to society.