There was a time when a name truly meant something. Or, at least that’s what I’m guessing, because the names that I heard growing up in the 80’s and 90’s during the era of the made-up-hyphenated-apostrophe-name were a sure sign that the meaning of a name was not a priority. * But I digress. This post is not about the 80’s and 90’s and the creative parents of that time. Instead, it is a post about the lack of respect that the American culture has come to embrace in reference to the honor of a name, or more aptly a title or position.
A medical doctor, regardless of whether you care for her bedside manner, is still a “Dr.”. In the U.S. Army, the top rank official is not addressed as “dude,” but as General. The honorifics of such persons are uniformly upheld, that is until we speak of the current leader of the “free world” (Yes. Quote, end quote.). Political affiliation and ideals aside, President Barack Obama is, despite what his opponents and non-supporters say, a member of the upper echelon of society.
Again of what this post is not about: It’s not about my political affiliation (I’m an independent if you must know) or yours. It is, however, a matter of respect. Since early 2007 when then Senator Barack Obama announced he was running for president, the disrespect we as a people have displayed has been appalling!
Although not as blatantly disrespectful as drawing pictures of and referring to President Obama as a monkey or a blood thirsty joker, or simulating the hanging of President Obama, the repeat usage of “Mr.” as opposed to “President” Obama is still disrespectful.
Since President Obama was sworn into office how many times have you heard, “Mr. Obama?” Or had you noticed? Maybe I would not have taken notice if it weren’t for a large number of news reporters and journalists making it a custom to verbally downgrade the president by the quick switch of a word. I have considered this may not be a deliberate attack and I simply perceive it as far more than what it is intended to be, but even past presidents are honored with the title, “former President.” Yet the man who currently holds office cannot regularly be honored in such a way.
Like it or not, for at least the next 140 days, he is President Barack Obama. Yours and mine.
*Side note: I totally acknowledge that a few of you just rolled your eyes and shut the computer off in offense and will fail to read this post in its entirety. I’m just exercising the truth. Forgive me. I need not to lose any readers! Lol.