What’s in a name? A lot, according to commenters on witn.com 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.