Should Everyone Call Barack Obama Mr. President?

One of the reasons President Obama won was his ability to connect with people. He can look at someone and make them feel like the most important person in the room. As a matter of fact Time Magazine has a photo of President Obama talking to a black butler on Inauguration Day and he seems fully engaged. This is a guy who has probably been treated like a piece of furniture. Not that he has been disrespected, but probably made to feel invisible. So many of the people who supported President Obama are young people and they too felt like they could identify with the president. Here is a guy who used the Internet so effectively throughout the campaign. He fought to keep his own BlackBerry after he was elected, and he became a symbol of a new brand of politics. He was almost like a peer because he could understand the concerns of the young people so well. So it is only natural that they called him by his first name. One of my friends says she is tired of hearing young people refer to him as Barack. She says he’s the president now and he deserves to be called Mr. President like his predecessors. I don’t feel they lack respect I feel like they think he is still one of them, and these same young people if they had the opportunity to meet him will have the common courtesy and respect to address him as Mr. President.  The fact is he is president for a new generation but like the pageantry of the inauguration some things never change, and at some point everyone needs to refer to him as Mr. President.

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  • deannaizme  On January 23, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    If I ever get to meet him, he’s Mr. President to me. He earned the respect that goes with that honorific. I don’t think that sets him apart, somehow (other than the obvious), and doesn’t affect his ability to connect with people.

  • mcnumerator  On January 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    If I meet him, I would probably ask him why he feels the need to support legislation on the killing of millions of babies worldwide? How he got so good and saying one thing so effectively that most people are fooled and then doing that thing in such a way that it looks like he is, but in actuallity he is doing something else. Man I would love to learn that, think of all the things I could get away with.

  • NRL  On March 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I feel the title of Mr. is extremely disrespectful, you should always refer to him as President because that is the titled he earned when he won the election.

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