I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend over the past 15 years or so; more and more we, as a society, refer to the President of the United States by their last name only. This is troubling to me. It represents a relaxed attitude toward our highest elected official, the leader of our nation, and the Commander in Chief of our armed forces that is not healthy. Some would argue that this breach of etiquette is just people trying to relate to such an obscure figure. I don’t think that’s the case, especially with President Obama. His critics love to call him, simply, Obama as if he has no other title. It’s as if they are trying to forget that he won [in a landslide], was sworn into office in front of the largest inaugural crowd ever, and is actually leading this country and making many of the changes he promised during the campaign. Hear this Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity; Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. You can call him Mr. President, President Obama, The President of the United States, The President of the United States of America, or even POTUS, just show he and the office the respect they deserve. When you call him Obama, without the title, it doesn’t damage him. In case you hadn’t noticed, President Obama is resilient. When you show that kind of disrespect, as a rule in your conversational M.O. you are damaging yourself and the country that you claim to love. Everyone else out there, here this, when you throw your hat in with classless blow-hards who don’t understand the term mutual respect, let alone know how to display it, you become a classless blow-hard. Move beyond the insulting, childish rhetoric, and learn how to communicate without attempting to derogate or diminish others. Anyone who knows me, knows how hard I worked to limit the tenure and reach of the last administration. It’s no secret that I despise President George W. Bush and his administration, and what they did to this country. However, even when I was writing letters calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, I did so while using their correct titles. I didn’t respect the men, but I respected, and still respect, the offices they held. What Neocon talking head out there can say the same? Show yourself!

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