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Selective respect for the President

Let us begin with just a few headlines:

G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
September 1, 2011 by JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Donald Trump: The Disrespect of President Obama Continues
October 26, 2012 by Etan Thomas

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama plays offense, Romney shows disrespect
October 18, 2012 by E.J. DIONNE JR.

After 8 years of hating on George W. Bush do these headlines strike anyone as ironic? Blatant hate for Bush, even from our open-minded and well informed members of the news media, were a dime a dozen. It was, and apparently still is, in vogue to hate on the man even today, four years after he’s left office.

A few more articles:

GOP disrespect for Obama undermines American exceptionalism
October 26, 2012 by Rahiel Tesfamariam

Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he would contribute $5 million to Barack Obama’s charity of choice if he releases his college transcripts and passport. While his request and subsequent Twitter postings are laughable, they coincide with countless other disrespectful statements made about the president by the Republican Party recently.

The 10 Worst Moments of Disrespect Towards President Obama
January 27, 2012 by Lauren Victoria Burke

It starts from the Superiority Syndrome: People acting as if they’re more important than a U.S. President — when they clearly are not.

Continued GOP Disrespect Of Obama Is Unacceptable
January 26, 2012 by NewsOne Staff

During President Barack Obama’s historic rise from state Senator to the highest office in the land, he has endured relentless disrespect from his various critics on both sides of the aisle. However, nothing from the pundits and other talking heads have come close to crossing the line on the level of elected officials who represent both the GOP and the burgeoning Tea Party. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and other high-ranking Republicans have all seized on a plan of attacking Obama with seemingly xenophobic flair.

NYTimes Videocast Hits Disrespectful, ‘Peevish’ Romney’s ‘Serious Gaffe’ on Libya — But Contradicted By Own Editors
October 17, 2012 by Clay Waters

The second 2012 presidential debate hosted by Candy Crowley got the full court press from the New York Times, with live fact-checking online and a 40-minute TimesCast wrap-up, that found Times reporters wrongly defending Obama and bashing Mitt Romney on a fiery exchange on Libya. Times journalists were highly supportive of Barack Obama’s performance and critical of the “peevish” Mitt Romney, who “was arguably showing disrespect for the president,” as Jackie Calmes insisted.

The concern over disrespecting President Obama is elevated to the notion that we should return to an age where “politics ends at the nation’s borders”. The idea that someone might disagree with Obama is portrayed as everything from damaging America’s reputation abroad to inherently racist. Because, you see, there is no logical reason anyone would disagree him, right? And apparently, it ultimately boils down to just racism.

Top 9 Most Racist Things Republicans Have Done Since President Obama Has Been In Office
by Michael Coard Writes

We even find ourselves with the asinine suggestion that referring to the president only by his last name, without the title “President” is also a sign of disrespect:

MSNBC wonders: Is it disrespectful to call Obama “Obama”?
January 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

If only there were such widespread concern for respecting the President and showing concern for America’s reputation during the years 2001-2008. Wouldn’t respect for the President or at least the office of president have been nice back then? I guess bigotry against Republicans and freedom itself doesn’t really count as bigotry.

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