President Obama, Mr. Obama, Barack Obama, Obama or the president?

By: Stephanie Shoop
By: Stephanie Shoop

Some of you are really upset about how the media addresses the president. But should you be?

What’s in a name? A lot, according to commenters on and viewers of WITN-TV.

In recent weeks, we’ve had several complaints when we refer to President Barack Obama as Mr. Obama.

We’ve heard from viewers and web users who call the practice “very disrespectful.”

Journalistically, on second reference in a story, it is an approved practice. It is indeed common practice to use a variety of titles… President Obama, Mr. Obama, Obama and the president… to refer to America’s top elected leader.

In fact, some people believe using just the last name without the “Mr.” is extremely disrespectful. Some even use the  phrase “Mr. President.”

"Mr.” is defined as a “title of respect prefixed to a man’s name or position,”  according to a citing of Random House Dictionary.

Referring to a America’s leader with Mr. and a last name is nothing new. It is the same exact practice we applied to President Barack Obama’s predecessor,  George W. Bush.

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