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Mr. President Revisited

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2010 by Aaron

So I finally got around to contacting NPR to ask them why the constantly refer to the current President of the United States as Mr. Obama. The responded with a legitimate, but still poor response. They claim that they have been doing this since the mid-70’s. The first time they refer to him it will be as “President” and every time after that it is as “Mr.”

Everyone else is “Mr./Ms.” their first time and then they don’t get any title afterwords. I still feel that this is wrong no matter how long they have been doing it for. Their article on their blog even feels to me like they feel guilty about it and know it isn’t respectful but are going to keep doing it because that is how they have been doing it.

Read the full article here if you want:

Mr. President

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2009 by Aaron

I have noticed something. Sometimes when I am listening to the radio or checking the news I hear people refer to the President of the United States as Mr. Obama. I thought that once you became the president that for the rest of your life you were either Mr. President or President whatever-your-name-is. I don’t ever remember hearing either President Bush called Mr. Bush, or what about Mr. Clinton or Mr. Reagen?

I worry a bit that it is a race thing and people aren’t giving him the respect that his title implies. Perhaps it is only his rivals and non-supporters that call him that and I just don’t remember it happening with presidents past. Either way, I think it should be addressed.