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RollWithIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:56 PM
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It's PRESIDENT OBAMA.... not Obama
I'm not calling out DU'ers. I understand why people continue to do it. It's just a carryover from the primaries and the general election. But every day I see 50 threads with Obama this and Obama that. It's PRESIDENT OBAMA. He has been President for a month and a half.

He deserves our respect. Call him what he is.
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LakeSamish706 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:01 PM
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1. Yep, you are correct and I agree.... This is a President that deserves our respect... n/t
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:01 PM
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2. I think people just get comfortable here. However, I love to call
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 07:02 PM by firedupdem
him President so I make an honest effort to do that. I hate it more when the talking heads don't call him President...or Mr. Obama.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:01 PM
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3. Besides, it's a lot of fun
I grin every time I write or say "President Obama."

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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:07 PM
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4. I've been saying either 'President' or 'Mr.' Obama at every opportunity
It's very gratifying and there's always the chance of pissing off some freepazoid.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:10 PM
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5. And it's Secretary Clinton, and Representative Kucinich, and Senator Kennedy.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 07:11 PM by Skip Intro

And they are known to us as Hillary, DK/Kucinch, and Ted Kennedy.

Come on.

I'm not going to be calling anyone, let alone a public servant, "your majesty."
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:14 PM
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9. And Face It, Republicans Are Called by Their Last Names
all the time. This is simply ridiculous.
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:11 PM
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6. PO?
:)
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:11 PM
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7. Except when...
...we say:

GObama! GObama!

;)

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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:13 PM
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8. Sometimes I've slipped, but you're right - he is indeed the President.
Some will exclude "President" or "Mr." for reasons of disrespect. Others just get forgetful. Plenty of possible reasons...

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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:15 PM
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10. It's the typing thing. No disrespect intended.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:15 PM
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11. During the Election
I would sometime refer to him as that son of a bitch and he was a senator, or course I was leaving his office after working 15 hours.

Am I a bad DUer.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:16 PM
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12. It's Obama, as it was Kennedy, or Johnson, or Nixon, or Bush, or Carter.
Your vapid concern has been duly noted.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:38 AM
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95. oh please, debbie downer
we're finally proud to call our own "President". why is this vapid? after 8 years of a moron in charge, give us a break!

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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:17 PM
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13. That's stupid
There's no protocol on a message board.

You're acting like a fascist.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:24 PM
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31. Do we have a graphic to use for "protocol Nazi"?
since we have one for grammar Nazi and spelling Nazi?

:shrug:
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Abq_Sarah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:27 PM
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80. It's fascist to suggest
Paying the President and his office the proper respect?

If you were going for a job interview with the President of a company, would you walk into his office and address him by his last name?
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 09:32 AM
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83. Yes, it is
fascism is the love of power, regardless of variety.
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Abq_Sarah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:29 AM
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87. Fascism is not "a love of power"
It is much, much more than that.
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:39 AM
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89. Not really
At its core, that's what it is, and if you behave as somebody who loves power, you are tapping into the bottom-line desire of fascism. All the political science definitions merely describe the forms or manifestations we've encountered thus far of successfully organizing and tapping this desire. But the desire is the real force: the love of power in any form.
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Abq_Sarah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:24 AM
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91. So you're saying that every person who runs for political office
Is a fascist?
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Abq_Sarah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:30 AM
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88. duplicate
Edited on Mon Mar-09-09 11:30 AM by Abq_Sarah
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:18 PM
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14. I try to work that in
I don't feel the need every time, but yes it feels good to say sometimes.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:53 PM
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15. We don't use titles for anyone else do we? ie Secretary of State Clinton
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 07:54 PM by stray cat
Vice president Biden. Senator Feingold. He deserves respect but lets show it by helping him get his programs passed and being tolerant and patient even if we don't always agree with him on every detail or understand exactly what his motivations are.
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uberllama42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:56 PM
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16. AP format dictates that elected officials be referred to by their full name and title
on the first mention and by their last name only on subsequent mentions. This board, however, doesn't conform to AP format.

There is nothing in the DU rules about using someone's title on every mention. There is no disrespect conveyed by referring to someone by their name.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:28 PM
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33. Thanks and we aren't even controlled by THAT since this isn't the AP but DU. nt
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:40 PM
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69. I make an effort to use "Prez Obama" in post headings, such as this one, but not in text. nt
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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 10:51 AM
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85. Yay!
I was about to post a very similar thing.

I think it's far more degrading to call SOS Clinton, "Hillary," than to call the president, "Obama."
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Onlooker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 07:58 PM
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17. Jesus, what a load of crap
I worship no one. He's Obama, and the fact that he gave Brown a DVD collection as a gift proves he's an ordinary guy not caught up in childish pretensions.
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:09 AM
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61. Worship?
what does worship have to do with addressing the man by the title he earned?

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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:01 PM
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18. It's Reagan. It's Bush. It's Clinton. It's Fuckhead. It's Obama.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:02 PM by Occam Bandage
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Hieronymus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:03 PM
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19. Republicans are all calling him Mr. Obama, have you noticed?
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:27 PM
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32. Welcome to the First Amendment - they are perfectly entitled to do so
and that is actually quite respectful given the alternatives. Just consider the names used about "W" on this board including "Jr.", "Chimp", "Chimperor", etc.

Get over it and move on to a non NONtroversy already.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:10 PM
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20. Sorry, he's still Obama.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:14 PM by Beacool
Hillary is still Hillary, same goes for Biden, Bush, McCain, Palin, etc.

We all know their official titles but we are posting on a message board, not writing copy for the news or an article for a newspaper.

:shrug:
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sampsonblk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:12 PM
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21. Dude. Roll with it. (nt)
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:14 PM
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22. Interesting.
I never referred to GWB as "President Bush." I did my best not to refer to him at all, and when I did, it was "Bush."

I never referred to Bill Clinton as anything other than "Bill Clinton" or "Clinton."

I never referred to GHWB as anything but "Bush" or "George Bush."

I never referred to Ronald Reagan as "President Reagan." He was "Reagan," or "Ronnie."

I never referred to Jimmy Carter as anything but "Carter" or "Jimmy Carter."

I never referred to Ford as anything but "Ford."

I never referred to Nixon as anything but "Nixon" or "Tricky Dick."

And I didn't refer to Johnson or Kennedy at all; I was too young.

I respected some of the above more than others, but not because of a title or because of the office. The office doesn't confer respect onto a person. The person earns respect beyond simple human decency, or not.

Most politicians don't earn much respect from me.

Why should Barack Obama be any different? What about him "deserves" my respect, beyond the same respect for another living being that I offer to anyone?
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:41 PM
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34. Well said, the President is the people's servant regardless of whether he's a Democrat or a Republic
-an.

To his face I think it is appropriate to stand when he enters the room and refer to him as "Mr. President" when addressing him or "President Obama" to a third party but this really only applies in his actual presence and if you work for the man in the government.

Otherwise you are free to refer to him however you like in the third person.

I usually referred to Bill Clinton as either Bill or mostly as Clinton when he was President. Since Hillary became elected to the Senate I've referred to them as Bill or Hillary or President Clinton or Bill Clinton so as to distinguish the two.

Otherwise I'm very likely to use:

Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Buchanan, Lincoln, Cleveland, McKinley, TR, Wilson, Coolidge, Harding, Hoover, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower or Ike, JFK or Kennedy, LBJ or Johnson, Nixon, Ford or Jerry Ford, Carter or Jimmy or Jimmy Carter, Ronnie Reagan or Ronnie Raygun for Reagan, H.W. "41" or Poppy Bush now that there have been two, and "W", George, Bush "43" or Jr. to refer to the obvious recent disgrace and finally Obama, Barack, BHO, BO, or "44" to refer to Barack Obama.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 10:03 AM
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60. Yes, to all of those.
And to the other point: if I were addressing him directly, or introducing him directly to someone, I'd use the title.

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:41 PM
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70. I address all - even Prez Bush here - as "Prez." It's the office, not the man. Nation of laws, not
men and all that stuff.

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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:32 PM
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23. nope..nobody tells me what to say or how to say it. eom
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:33 PM by flyarm
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Louis-Emmanuel Donating Member (180 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:36 PM
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24. It's Yankee third-baseman Alex-Rodriguez. Not Arod
Show some respect. :-)
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:03 AM
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47. Sorry, respect has to be earned. n/t
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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:36 PM
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25. Obama works for me.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:41 PM
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26. Obama is fine.
We called Bush, Bush (besides other names)...We call Clinton, Clinton. Nixon, Nixon....etc, etc, etc.
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DesertRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:45 PM
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27. I agree with you.
President Obama deserves the respect. :patriot:
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:47 PM
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28. Obama is fine by me (Roosevelt, Kennedy, Carter, Clinton)
I have no problem with any of those references.
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demokatgurrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:08 PM
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29. I have no problem with us doing it-
but on the front page of the NY Times it should be PRESIDENT Obama.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:22 PM
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30. Oh bite me.. there's nothing wrong with referring to him as "Obama" or even "Barack"
in the third person on a website or in print anywhere. Just watch "The Civil War" by Ken Burns and count how many times in 10 hours they refer to "Lincoln" as opposed to "President Lincoln" or "President Abraham Lincoln". Just look anywhwere in an historical work about a President and you'll see:

You're wrong - this is a NONtroversy - and you are being self-righteous towards the other DU'ers here who should feel free to refer to OBAMA as OBAMA or as Barack as much as they want to.

It would ONLY be inappropriate to call him Barack or Obama to his face (provided your name isn't Michelle Obama) - in this case it would be correct to refer to him as Mr. President.

If you worked in the White House and he actually was your boss it would correct to refer to him as "the President" or "President Obama" to a third party. Otherwise this is a free country so get over it already.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:43 PM
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71. I think 'Barack' is disrespectful, actually. We don't refer to 'Franklin', or 'John', etc.
Clinton gets 'Bill' often as Hillary gets 'Hillaried' because it differentiates the two.

Just as, since 'Eleanor', first ladies have been referred to buy first names because they are the secondary use of the name in print.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:39 PM
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81. Sometimes we do refer to John.
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:48 AM
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93. THANKS for that... I've never heard any version but the Dion version before...
this is great - and GOOD point...
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 12:46 AM
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92. It's been rather common especially since Eisenhower
to use a President's first name beginning with "I like Ike".

It's been very common to refer to Jerry, Jimmy, Ronnie, George, Bill, George (or W) and NOW Barack.

It is NOT disrespectful to do so outside of the strict parameters that I've already mentioned.

Doug D.
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Runcible Spoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:53 AM
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35. Filed into the "I don't give a rat's ass" category
Call him whatever you want, I'll do the same. :eyes:
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:55 AM
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36. See my siggy...
:loveya:
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BluePatriot21 Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:17 AM
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37. It's President Barack Hussein Obama
and he is our President of the United States. For short we can call him "The Man" or "El Hombre"

Gotta have the Hussein in there as a eye poke to the right. Pisses em off somethin fierce.
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Rebel Scum Donating Member (76 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:00 PM
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64. You betcha! (pun intended)
I've been doing the same thing to watch the Rushlings heads explode. :nuke:
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LiberalPersona Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:24 AM
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38. I don't need to call someone
by a special title to respect them. I hate formalities.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:26 AM
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39. Not really necessary unless you are addressing him in person
Then it would be President Obama. Referring to him colloquially is not an issue when you are not formally addressing him.
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Egnever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:33 AM
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40. It's Mr. President !
to you!
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:44 AM
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41. A recent post here, by one of DU most revered member
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 01:48 AM by question everything
recently had a tongue in cheek - I think - referring him as Mr. O, or Barack and got gazillion recommendations. OK, this person will get gazillion recommendations with a simple sneeze. I did not read it, not beyond the first line, but did comment along your line that it is President Obama.

I just remember, during the 90s when I would be in meetings with too many Republicans who would talk about "Hillary" (this was before she chose to campaign like that) and responded: Mrs. Clinton, for you. And President Clinton.

If we, here, do not demonstrate that the current president is a legitimate one, how can we expect this from the Republicans?

(I often refer to him as Obama in many of my posts, but addressing him should be as you say).


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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:46 AM
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42. Its always amusing to see people demand a president they support be draped in the same niceties and
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 01:46 AM by tritsofme
formalities that they would never even consider bestowing upon an opposition president.

Its not a partisan thing, I've seen it happen on both sides over the years, but no less amusing.

In the end, he is a public servant, call him whatever you want.
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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 03:47 AM
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43. I could not call the last bastard, who sat in the oval office for 2 stolen terms, "President".
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 05:06 AM
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44. Nonsense nt
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 05:45 AM
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45. "I'm not calling out DU'ers."
Then why did you post this?
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 06:15 AM
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46. It's PRESIDENT CLINTON.... not Big Dawg
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 06:15 AM by DRoseDARs
This thread is inane. :thumbsdown:
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:00 PM
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63. Or...
Bubba!
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:44 PM
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72. I sometimes use 'Bubba' to differentiate him from HRC. nt
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DRoseDARs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:58 PM
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75. It's PRESIDENT BUBBA.... not Clinton
I wonder if RollWithIt is done having the Vapors over this...

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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 02:05 PM
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77. And I don't think it is inappropriate.
he was not the King of America. He never pretended to be, as W did. He was, as is our current president, down to earth and one of the people. Nicknames, particularly fond nicknames, are perfectly appropriate.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 02:07 PM
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78. I like the NYDaily News' 'Bam' for Obama. I've used it a few times here. nt
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:05 AM
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48. The people on MSNBC are as guilty if this as those on Fox.
Our President deserves the respect of all of us. He certainly gets enough of the disrespect and hate, and has a tough job that he is doing well. It is little enough that he gets the recognition he deserves.

mark
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:06 AM
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49. it's either
However I frequently use "Barack" or "The Big O." We're tight like that.
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biopowertoday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:13 AM
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50. oh just roll with it. obama is fine.
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:51 AM
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51. Ding ding ding! This is the dumbest DU post I've read this morning.
Clinton was Clinton. Carter was Carter. Let Obama be Obama.

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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 07:52 AM
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52. Nonsense. There's nothing disrespectful about calling him "Obama"
If it was customary to always refer to Presidents with their titles, I would agree with you. But that's not the case. In informal speech or writing it is common and completely unremarkable to refer to them by their last names only.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:41 AM
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53. Sorry, I don't stand on ceremony for anybody
Be happy that I refer to Obama using his given name. Bush was about the kindest thing that I called the last president so calling this one Obama is doing good.

I generally refer to all politicians by using their last names. Don't like that, oh well.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:48 AM
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54. I would address him as President Obama, but a message board discussion...
...is a far cry from that ~ posters often skip titles here but it has nothing to do with disrespect.
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:02 AM
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55. worry about something important....
...or go jump in a lake.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:16 AM
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56. Another Obamabot telling people what to do. Sheesh!
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 09:17 AM by acmavm
edit: Just to say there are more bosses here than we know what to do with.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:23 AM
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57. Obama has my respect.
Get it?

--imm
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:55 AM
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58. Oh F'ing please...
Edited on Sun Mar-08-09 09:57 AM by Kurt_and_Hunter
It SHORTER TO TYPE and unambiguous.

"Oh no, I wonder whether they mean president Obama or Swiss speed skater Heidi Obama? Which one of them just proposed a budget to the US Congress? Oh, why can't people be more precise?!?!?!??"

Guess what, nobody types out President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in an internet discussion forum either. In fact they don't even write President FDR because that would sound idiotic.

They say FDR.

Words are tools to communicate, not rituals of deference to mollify head-cases.
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alwysdrunk Donating Member (908 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:56 AM
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59. It's both. Respect ME
..with respect
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KalicoKitty Donating Member (777 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:36 AM
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62. I always refer to him as PRESIDENT Obama!
Never once could I ever refer to Bush as that. I get sick when I think that McCain was a candidate!!!!



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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:05 PM
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65. Campbell Brown Pisses me off with this BS. She calls him
Barack Obama or Obama all the time. Like she just has the hardest time calling him President Obama. How often did she say George Bush or Bush?
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:13 PM
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66. So you're making the rules now?
I thought it was Skinner, Earl G, and Elad.

Looks like it's Skinner, Earl G, Elad and RollWithIt.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:17 PM
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67. Get a grip. Either way is fine. It's interchangeable, when said by a supporter.
I call him Pres. Obama sometimes, and just Obama sometimes. As I did with Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Ford, etc.

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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:22 PM
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68. oh dear god
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4lbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:46 PM
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73. Whenever I make a post, my first reference to him I say "President Obama." The rest of the times in
that post, I use Obama.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:47 PM
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74. Sorry. That boat sailed away and was Sunk.
Bush took what little respect remained from the office he usurped. I respect Obama. The presidency? Not as much.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 02:00 PM
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76. Fuck that. I don't feel remotely disrespectful when I refer to him as Obama
don't like it? Tough.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 05:16 PM
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79. The constant repetition would be reminiscent of those stupid "still the president" bumper stickers.
Or "I am the president. I am the president. I am the president."

Until there are other presidents, or other Obamas in the publice eye, "Obama" will do nicely.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 11:42 PM
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82. a bit reminiscent of B*sh still the president. I respect your sentiment, that the president be
given the respect he's earned. I still believe if he's not present, we can call him President Obama once in a comment and then say Barack or Obama. I think it's too pretentious to ask people to always be redundantly calling him President Obama every sentence. That'd get a tad silly. If he was before me, I'd say hello Mr. President.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 10:36 AM
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84. Nine people
Need their heads examined.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 11:16 AM
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86. Obama Has My Respect, Too
Self-appointed shepherds can blow me, though.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 12:16 PM
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90. Lighten up, Francis.
Edited on Mon Mar-09-09 12:19 PM by aikoaiko
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 01:31 AM
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94. President Obama
I love saying it....and that's President with a "P"! I've called him that from day one!
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QueenOfCalifornia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 02:00 AM
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96. and
it's The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

Did you care at all when we called W "Dubya?"

I doubt it.

Obama knows he is the President. So do I.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 03:44 AM
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97. My teacher called him Mr. Obama-My response: Huh! Then I found out he was Libertarian. - Response:
Ah-ha!
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