MSNBC Anchors Wonder: Is It Disrespectful to Call Obama “Obama”


At Hot Air, Allahpundit calls it “manufactured-grievance theater for the progressive faithful.”


The most nauseating bit of the segment, beyond the entire premise, was the suggestion by Krystal Ball that Obama has somehow been disrespected more than past Presidents. To which I respond with this:


Remember all the smarmy, childish nicknames the left had for Bush circa 2005 or so? My favorite was Chimpy McHitlerburton. Creative.

Anyway, the president is a unique political figure in that he becomes the focal point for whatever political angst the public is feeling at the moment. Sometimes it’s fair and sometimes it isn’t. But what’s funny is that, much like feelings about the filibuster in the Senate, people’s opinions about how much respect one should show the commander-in-chief tends to hinge on who happens to be in charge at the moment.

Discussion question: If these folks at MSNBC think using the President’s last name is disrespectful, what do they think we should call him? His Most Exalted Oneness?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • kevindf

    They consider him their “Lord and savior.”

    • $16179444

      correction: lord and savior – only the true Lord has His name in caps. ;)

  • flamemeister

    It’s disrespectful to call anyone “Obama.”

  • Neiman

    He has manufactured, fostered and promoted the Messiah image and there is no doubt MSNBC hosts have mostly revered him as being greater than all other men. MSNBC is more than simple propaganda ministry for the DNC, they are Obama worshippers.

    Rob makes the point that there is a double standard for conservatives versus liberals, in every possible way. The media generally, being almost wholly liberal, want a liberal Messiah to deliver America from its antiquated Constitution, its outdated Bill of Rights, its dependence upon capitalism as the engine of economic growth in their lust after a Divine Comrade-Chairman to lead us to their ideal of a Socialist Utopia. If Lord Obama rises to the occasion they will endeavor to make him president-for-life as they did FDR and having absolute power. If he falters, they have messiahs in the making waiting in the wings, ready to lead the religion of secular humanism.

    The people, mostly, want this messiah and utopia as well.

    • flamemeister

      We have been in an intense search for a Messiah for decades. It was so in the time of Christ. At that time you could throw a rock blindfold and hit a Messiah-pretender.

  • WOOF

    His Will be done.

  • two_amber_lamps

    Oh… you mean Presamadent Bamster? Comrade Obama? The People’s Great Leader Obama? The Messiah Obama? Bolshevik Barry?

    Oh no… he should never be called just plain “Obama”…. that’s disrespectful. He has a title… many titles and should always be addressed by that.

    • Roy_Bean

      I always look to my fellow North Dakotan, Big Red (Dead in the Head) Ed for guidance on these matters. I look at all the respect that he has shown for President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Republican leaders in general. I’m surprised they didn’t have him on the panel.

    • Guest

      Like two_amber_lamps full title: nastiest f*%cking c*$nt in the world whose sole contribution to it before shooting scrambling her diseased brain with a shotgun will be sitting on her fat ass posting pathetic insults on a unknown blog.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Clean up Aisle 4 7-11 mop bucket slave! Congratulations on your employee of the month award… I heard they named a drink after you… “The Big Suck!”

        So tell us comrade doucher…. if this is such an “unknown blog” why do you keep coming back? Did you anger your little libtard friends over at the Kos? Did they ban your IP?

        Awwwww…. poor widdle feller bereft of friends… but then that’s the story of your life.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          Refer to guest as Obama, either one is an insult

          • two_amber_lamps

            Anti-hero leftist reject that “guest” believes itself to be, it would think referring to it as “Obama” a compliment.

          • Guest

            No, but being compared to you would be truly egregious.

        • Guest

          Thanks for posting, it’s a least some evidence that you’re not outside inflicting emotional distress on all those who inadvertently might glance at your obese frame, which is admittedly hard for you to conceal. Sorry for again calling you a fat piece of sh*t, but I know how much it bothers you.

          Not that I like to give hints on what would really insult me, but being compared to Obama would not be one, being called two_amber_lights-esque, however, would be a most offensive affronts.

          Please post again so we know you are content to waste your life away posting medicore 7-11 jabs.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Hi there “Big Suck”…. (since you can’t seem to find a name for yourself I’m happy to help you!) glad you could make it back considering all the hours you put in trying to earn a living at your minimum wage job. I’m sure if you work hard enough, or at least show up most of the time you will be allowed to retain your job and live out the rest of your miserable existence behind bulletproof glass.

            I really think you should change/was your uniform, you’re starting to smell like a breakfast burrito. Nonetheless, congratulations on your recent “substandard employee of the month” award! Nice portrait btw!

          • Guest

            I’d much rather work at 7-11 than have to endure your miserably life of sitting your fat ass at the computer each and every day and squander the time away by making unfunny, unproductive, and pathetic posts. Thanks again for making another such post and constructively admitting you are in fact a worthless piece of sh*t!

          • Hal109

            Actually, Lamp’s posts are quite funny. Get a sense of humor, things hitting a little close to home?

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  • ND in MD

    Quite frankly, I can think of a whole lot worse names to call him.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Obama is a perfidious charlatan jackass or Obama for short.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    Someone is creating an issue.

    We call other presidents by last name. I can remember as far back as Reagan, and I can read back a lot further. It is a symptom of the general loss of formality in our culture. Every year, one or two of my new students tries to call me something other than “Mr. …” and I have to correct this behavior. In the modern culture, we don’t use titles.

    I wish there were more formality in our culture, but it will not be coming back without a lot of other changes in our culture. We don’t like the idea of anything other than total egalitarianism. In some ways, we view other people as entertainment: reality shows, the paparazzi, and the belief that others’ personal lives are our business.

    Yes, he should be “president Obama”, but he is not being treated any differently than any president for the past few decades.

  • $16179444

    its amazing (well not so much anymore) that THIS is what their focus is on.

    • Spartacus

      4 more years!

  • camsaure

    It would be even more dishonorable to refer to him as a true American.

  • Spartacus

    I guess I’m okay then, I don’t call him Obama. I refer to him as ObamAA-.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh yeah, almost forgot his other name… Comrade Downgrade.

      • Spartacus

        I know quite a few people that spell his name “0bama”, that is starting with the numeral zero. The libs never complain about that. Apparently they aren’t smart enough to catch on.

  • $8194357

    I think Barry likes the familarity.

  • VocalYokel

    I think Barry-O would prefer to be addressed as ‘Your Eminence’…

  • Lynn Bergman

    While we have little control (one vote) concerning the selection our elected officials, we do have control over our own actions. I choose to be respectful of the OFFICE (as called out in the Constitution) by refering to “President Bush” or “President Obama”. To do otherwise reveals one degree or another of pettiness.
    We can also choose to show added repect for those who we deem to have been true statesmen who dignified the office, like Governor Link, who I was proud to have testified next to several times against government promoted gambling.

    • somebodysomewhere

      Yes, the Office should be approached with respect. However, I also expect the Office to act Presidential, protect our liberties and property by following the Constitution, be accountable, speak and act with integrity. Obama falls short on every count.