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3 February 2009, 04:47 PM   #1
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Before and after school, I listen to NPR so I don't sound dumb when I get into heated
debates with my friends. 

For a while now, well since Barack Obama became president, his name has obviously come up
a lot in discussion. The thing that I have noticed though, is that they keep calling him
"Mister Obama", but I thought it was supposed to be President Obama. Is this just a
slip-up after having 8 years of the same guy, or is it some sort of small way to insult

Sorry if this topic isn't that interesting. I was just curious. =]

3 February 2009, 05:03 PM   #2
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Joined: 3 Jun 2007
Posts: 120
nope its not a dumb topic and its not an insult.

the President should be referred to variously as:

Mr. President (when being addressed)

or in a more informal situation,

Mr. Lastname, 

prior was Mr. Bush and now its Mr. Obama 

(also these can be used when speaking about him in the 3rd Person)

"Mr. Obama made a bold stroke towards redressing mistakes of the past by...."


President Lastname, i.e. President Obama...

or in some contexts by full name as he uses it.

George Walker Bush preferred George W. Bush and Barrack Hussein Obama apparently prefers
Barrack H. Obama

only in very informal writing last name only is used..

..."Bush sucked as President"....."Obama has yet to prove his metal as President"


3 February 2009, 05:10 PM   #3
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Thanks. =] I was afraid that the radio I listen to wasn't as unbiased as they say.

3 February 2009, 05:24 PM   #4
The Director
Joined: 3 Jun 2007
Posts: 120
well i think NPR has a reputation for leaning LEFT (liberalism) as do the PBS stations
but that criticism of course tend to come from the Right (conservatives)

3 February 2009, 07:17 PM    #5
Joined: 19 Jan 2009
Posts: 6
i like the sound of mister obama
i think it makes him sound edgy

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