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Disparaging the president is uncalled for (LAUGH ALERT)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | Laura Washington LauraSWashington@aol.com

Posted on 06/23/2014 10:36:28 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” the song goes.

It is easy enough to spell, but for some vocal critics of President Barack Obama, it seems exceedingly hard to do.

As the president moves toward the land of the lame ducks, his political enemies are calling for blood. That’s no shocker at this stage of a presidency. In this case, the cuts go deeper.

For some, it is not enough to disagree. Some high-status public figures seem determined to demean, denigrate and ridicule the president of the United States.

On June 12 the Speaker of the U.S. House stepped to a podium and insulted Obama for his handling of the ongoing crisis in Iraq.

“It’s not like we haven’t seen over the last five or six months these terrorists moving in, taking control of western Iraq,” U.S. Rep. John Boehner said at a press conference. He added, in his trademark, obdurate tone: “And what’s the president doing? Taking a nap!”

Last week, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk pronounced that Obama has fallen short in his dealings with Iran, reported CBS2 Chicago. “I’m very worried that the president doesn’t appear to be up to this job, of protecting the United States,” he said.

The disrespect comes in words, tone and attitude. He’s “taking a nap.” He’s “not up to this job.” They refer to the president as though he were a wayward child.

It’s nothing new. Obama supporters, especially African-Americans, have fumed over the insults for years. Oprah Winfrey recently suggested it has something to do with his race. “There’s no question about that,” she said.

Last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney leveled a blistering attack on the president’s foreign policy in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” Cheney wrote. Obama cares more about his golf game than the raging conflict in Iraq, Cheney asserted.

(I could give you a few thousand words on Cheney’s track record of mistakes, but that would be digressing).

Some critics refuse to address the president by his title, instead sneering lowly pronouns, like “he” and “him.” On the talk shows, via the blogosphere, even on the floor of Congress, they ridicule him in personal, demeaning ways.

In 2009, President Obama was speaking on immigration reform before a joint session of Congress. “You lie!” U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted from his seat.

Others, from Donald Trump to Newt Gingrich, have insisted that the president is some kind of alien, a “foreigner,” demanding he produce his birth certificate to “prove” he is an American.

I know how it is. In today’s hyper-partisan USA, Launching tirades at political enemies provides cheap, red meat for the base.

Still, we are talking about the president of the United States, a man who, while imperfect, is very much a grown-up, possesses high intelligence and has many talents. In two national elections, American voters definitively entrusted that man with the job.

That man represents the presidency, the most powerful office in the world. Politicians who publicly disrespect the man who holds that office derogate their own profession.

The disrespect and insults give license to the world’s despots to, in turn, disrespect him, his position, and us.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bama; bho44; usa; wethepeople
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Evidently, 0bama's mama never taught him that you have to give respect to get respect.
1 posted on 06/23/2014 10:36:28 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

I don’t want to denigrate hm, just put him in prison for treason or at least impeach and remove.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 10:37:44 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Chi-townChief

3 posted on 06/23/2014 10:38:10 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Chi-townChief

Obama’s not going to be a lame duck because dictators don’t need congress to accomplish their goals. It’s congress that makes a man a lame duck...


4 posted on 06/23/2014 10:38:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: Chi-townChief

B-I-G-E-A-R-S!


5 posted on 06/23/2014 10:38:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Apparently, this is OK, however, in Liberal Land.

6 posted on 06/23/2014 10:39:18 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Chi-townChief

Other than George and Martha, I don’t know too many white people named Washington.


7 posted on 06/23/2014 10:39:33 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Obedience is demanded, respect is EARNED.
This article is typical of leftist demands.


8 posted on 06/23/2014 10:40:58 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Chi-townChief

sneering lowly pronouns, like “he” and “him.”

Oh no! How dare they refer to the king as ‘he’!


9 posted on 06/23/2014 10:42:08 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Chi-townChief

Obama is a POS.


10 posted on 06/23/2014 10:42:31 AM PDT by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: Chi-townChief

* That man represents the presidency, the most powerful office in the world. Politicians who publicly disrespect the man who holds that office derogate their own profession. *

Remember when the Leftist press kept saying this every time that somebody bashed Bush?....

...Neither do I.

http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/10/05/chicago-sun-times-blames-olympics-loss-bush


11 posted on 06/23/2014 10:43:14 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Chi-townChief

Abraham Lincoln, who was also a senator from Illinois [/s], was called much worse. Politics have been dirty since time began.


12 posted on 06/23/2014 10:43:18 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: Chi-townChief

What’s that I see underneath that race card? Why, it’s the bottom of the barrel. Go ahead and scrape it, libs!


13 posted on 06/23/2014 10:43:23 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Chi-townChief

I remember just a few months ago obama misspelled it R-S-P-E-C-T.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Chi-townChief

I guess we’re supposed to overlook that the relentless bashing of President Bush, a wholesale (at times, gratuitous) assault on HIS character and Presidency SO shabby it became a national disgrace and which is ongoing even NOW that he’s out of office.

THAT’S OK, right?


15 posted on 06/23/2014 10:44:13 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

careful ......we may damage Barry’s Inner Child


16 posted on 06/23/2014 10:44:16 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Chi-townChief
Oprah Winfrey recently suggested it has something to do with his race.

Right. We expect black dudes to be tougher than Obama is.

17 posted on 06/23/2014 10:44:32 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Is this her? The 'ABC 7 Political Analyst'?


18 posted on 06/23/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Chi-townChief

The complete bias, the untruths and utter one sided and lying nature of this typical account of events explains why not one of Hillary’s supporters will care a bit that she treats money completely differently from conservatives in the same realm - financial and political.


19 posted on 06/23/2014 10:44:51 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Chi-townChief

interesting that there’s no way to leave a comment on that article. seriously, was she asleep for the immediately prior 8 years?


20 posted on 06/23/2014 10:45:11 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Chi-townChief

We all know the author has no problem with disrespecting the president. He has a problem with disrespecting politicians of his same political leftward leanings.

Otherwise, he would have complained in a similar fashion when Reagan,Bush1 or Bush2 were being maligned.

But he’s a liar. He needs to be called on it just like all the liberal media. Call them on it every time.


21 posted on 06/23/2014 10:45:27 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: Chi-townChief; All

Does 40, 000 railroad transported “children” qualify Obama, Biden, Holder and Kerry to be on the US State Department’s Worldwide Human Trafficking Blacklist?

Obama, Biden, Holder and Kerry are lowly, sissy-cowards for using the lives of innocent children to ram through their “Amnesty for Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico” Federal Law.

As the truth continues comes out of Mexico, I predict that there will be many gory incidents of despicable brutality by Drug Gang Members as these innocent children traveled through the Drug Lord Gangs various territories.

At that time, Obama, Biden, Holder and Kerry should stand trial in the World Court for Illegal Human Trafficking of Children across International Borders.


22 posted on 06/23/2014 10:45:43 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Author: Email: LauraSWashington@aol.com

But be nice. I think the author is no older than 12 years old.


23 posted on 06/23/2014 10:45:49 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: Chi-townChief
I guess she forgot that common enough saying during the Bush years (dissent is patriotic)that allowed unbridled disrespect for a white POTUS. Amazing just how racist the ones yelling racist really are. Yet, they are the first to ignore their own shortcomings while pointing out everybody else shortcomings.
24 posted on 06/23/2014 10:45:54 AM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Frankly, telling the truth about Obama has to be disparagement.


25 posted on 06/23/2014 10:45:56 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Chi-townChief

I will agree not to disparage our president when aging hippies agree not to disparage Nixon.


26 posted on 06/23/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Chi-townChief
The guy can't even spell. Obama Misspells ‘Respect’ While Praising Franklin Before White House Concert
27 posted on 06/23/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT by McGruff (What if we bombed our own citizens?)
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To: Chi-townChief
most politicians have neither the time nor the specific talents necessary to do a through job of DISRESPECTING this slimey evil puke....

thats my job




28 posted on 06/23/2014 10:47:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Chi-townChief

Unfortunately for us Obama has already demeaned the Presidency of the United States along with the nation he claims to represent.

Obama is an unmitigated disaster that will take decades to repair the damage if it can be repaired at all.

This is one pResident that deserves all of the ridicule that can be thrown at him.


29 posted on 06/23/2014 10:47:45 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Chi-townChief

obama flubbed spelling this. he tried to sing/speak it and failed.


30 posted on 06/23/2014 10:48:33 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I guess they missed all the ugly things that were said about Bush. And in the case of Bush, they were unmerited.

In the case of Obama, you can’t say anything bad enough, in my opinion.


31 posted on 06/23/2014 10:48:48 AM PDT by livius
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To: GOPJ
I agree. Obama will be far from being a lame duck because he still has the race card, a pen and a phone; and the media. The next two years may be the worst pages of American history.

After his era in the White House is over, he and his greedy racist wife will make hundreds of millions as the Clintons have done, and they will travel the world on our tab to make million dollar speeches and continue to erode the ability of the US to keep the world stable and improve the lives of others.

32 posted on 06/23/2014 10:49:08 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Chi-townChief

A man in a seat of vast power has no business belittling those who think differently than him. Intelligent public debate of the issues is far more suitable for a man in the office of the Presidency. But he refuses to subject himself to a fair debate of his policies, but routinely mocks those who disagree with him.

An office holder conducts himself, as he does, in a way that is beneath the office he holds, and refusing to stand up like a man and debate his critics over his policies, should be held accountable in the only remaining way his constituents have left: through open criticism and ridicule. He has brought it on himself. Hiding behind the office he holds, in this case, is sheer cowardice and clear provocation of the nation who put him in office, that is if one stretches to believe that he did not conduct widespread election fraud to win the second election.


33 posted on 06/23/2014 10:50:22 AM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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"Evidently, 0bama's mama never taught him that you have to give respect to get respect."

Exactly! Listen to any one of his speeches if you want to hear him disparage someone or a group. But no one can do it back?

34 posted on 06/23/2014 10:50:57 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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Ah... I was doing an over/under in my head about when the race card would be played - halfway through. That blows most over/under bets right there.

Mr/Ms Author - were the attacks on President Bush more respectful? I don’t seem to remember them being restrained in the least, even calling him a “chimp”.

Mr/Ms Author - are you proposing that we’d support this president’s policies if only he were white? Uh huh...

Mr/Ms Author - or is it that the president’s skin color is supposed to shield him from criticism because he and his supporters are too THIN skinned, not dark skinned, to take criticism?


35 posted on 06/23/2014 10:51:03 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Chi-townChief

Yeah, right. “Chimpy McBushitler”, wasn’t it? Spare me, Laura.


36 posted on 06/23/2014 10:53:14 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Chi-townChief
I'll stop denigrating the Presidency when Obama does.
37 posted on 06/23/2014 10:53:40 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Viennacon

Maybe it ought to be “she”???


38 posted on 06/23/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Chi-townChief
‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” the song goes. It is easy enough to spell,...

Incredibly easy.

President Obama Misspells 5th Grade Vocabulary Word [R-E-S-P-E-C-T] (video 0:31)

39 posted on 06/23/2014 10:56:05 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Wonder if Laura was writing this same op ed in the years between 2001 and 2009. Somehow, I suspect not. In fact, I’d be willing to bet money on it.


40 posted on 06/23/2014 10:56:51 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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>> Is this her?

Yep. She be a SOUL SISTA! Who’da thunkit?

Color is thicker than reality OR common sense.


41 posted on 06/23/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Views » September 25, 2007

Let’s Pry Open Those Cold, Dead Hands

To defeat the gun lobby, gun-control activists need to get out of late-night local cable and embrace the Internet

BY Laura S. Washington

42 posted on 06/23/2014 10:57:43 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Chi-townChief
The author needs to realize that one of the very reasons why we had the American Revolution was because American colonial skepticism of the British government doing the right thing was proven correct by all those laws passed by Parliament that really trampled on colonial rights after the French and Indian War. (We do remember the Stamp Act from our American history class and how well that went over with American colonists.)

As such, that's why the late Ronald Reagan described it best with a well-known Russian proverb: doveryai, no proveryai (trust, but verify). And unfortunately, we've pretty much verified that President Obama is not doing the things that could make our country better.

43 posted on 06/23/2014 10:59:49 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Nervous Tick

Certainly is true of most of the one-on-one discussions I’ve had.

There are exceptions. I admire them for being so.

She is obviously not one of those; apparently just a paid shill.


44 posted on 06/23/2014 10:59:53 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Chi-townChief
Still, we are talking about the president of the United States, a man who, while imperfect, is very much a grown-up, possesses high intelligence and has many talents. In two national elections, American voters definitively entrusted that man with the job.

I'm sure she expressed similar high-minded thoughts during the years 2000-2008.

45 posted on 06/23/2014 11:00:27 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Endual,etc)
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To: TigersEye

Repsecting spelling.


46 posted on 06/23/2014 11:01:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Laura S. Washington brings more than two decades of experience as a nonprofit professional and multimedia journalist who specializes in African-American affairs, local and national politics, race and racism, and social justice.

In 1985, Washington was appointed deputy press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. She also served as a producer for the investigative unit at CBS-2/Chicago and as a correspondent for Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV.

Newsweek named Washington one of the nation’s “100 people to watch” in the 21st century.

Twitter handle:

@MediaDervish


47 posted on 06/23/2014 11:01:42 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: relictele

Consistency isn’t most leftists’ forte.


48 posted on 06/23/2014 11:02:22 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: kcvl

She’s dangerous! Watch her!


49 posted on 06/23/2014 11:02:45 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Chi-townChief

This has got to be a reprint from The Onion.


50 posted on 06/23/2014 11:04:07 AM PDT by RetiredNavy ("Only accurate firearms are interesting")
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