2:11pm January 27, 2012

The 10 Worst Moments of Disrespect Towards President Obama


It starts from the Superiority Syndrome: People acting as if they’re more important than a U.S. President — when they clearly are not.  To fingers in the face.  To people questioning his already established and proven citizenship.

The incidents of disrespect towards President Obama continue.

When people criticize Administration policy, that’s just politics.  But several incidents directed at this President appear to find new lows.  Of course, people can disagree with the President. But, why can’t people respect the Office of the Presidency?

The very public nature of disrespect towards President Obama is noteworthy.  Did Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) have to conduct business with the President in front of reporters?  Wasn’t there a better time and place? Would a visiting leader from a foreign country be greeted with a finger in his face by a Governor? If not, why would it happen to the leader of our own country? Could a hockey goalie have executed a quiet no-show for a White House invitation honoring his team? See Facebook for the answer on that one.

It wasn’t the end of the world when Speaker John Boehner refused the President’s date to speak to a joint session on jobs in September 2011.  And yes, the White House picked that date to steal attention from a GOP debate.  But like so many moments of disrespect towards the 44th President: No one can find another example in American history where a U.S. President requested a date to address Congress and was refused. Can anyone find another incident like the Brewer one?  That the list below can even be compiled is telling.

1. The birther fiasco (2009-2011). No evidence. No proof. No documentation.  But the story traveled on for years. Yes, Hawaii is part of the United States of America.

2. “You lie” (Sept. 2009). That any individual — no less a member of Congress watching a U.S. President during a joint session on live national television — is so lacking in self control that this moment was made possible is incredible — even in an age of incivility. Remember this happened only nine months into Obama’s presidency and is another “we can’t remember that ever happening ever before” moment. Close your eyes and pretend Rep. Maxine Waters was Wilson doing this to President Bush and image the reaction.

3. Signs of the Tea Party (July 2010) and Naked Racism (April 2011).  Anyone remember California GOP official Marilyn Davenport’s racist e-mail? Did she ever resign for that?  I remember all the criticism of the NAACP – particularly from Black Republicans — for their “Tea Party resolution” of 2010.  Where was that indignation regarding what can be viewed in this video? Click here.

4. Donald “unchecked ego” Trump inflames birther fiasco, media assists (April 2011). The mouth of Donald Trump is a powerful thing when joined with a 24-hour cable news cycle desperate for viewers.  That news organizations invited Trump on the air unchallenged with zero proof of what he was saying speaks volumes on the state of journalism.  That Trump was completely comfortable demanding that a U.S. President “show him his papers” displays a superiority complex that exists among those who can’t accept someone they view as “lesser” in a position of power over them.

4. Deadbeat dad and probable one-termer thinks his presence before the President actually matters and needs to tell everyone (Sept 2011).  The disrespect isn’t that probable one term Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) wouldn’t attend the President’s Sept. 8 speech. The disrespect is that Rep. Walsh actually believed that everyone knowing he wasn’t attending was important.  That he needed to announce he would not attend on national television, as if anyone cared, was yet another delusional superiority episode.  That proudly showing public disrespect towards the President is a winning strategy in some political circles reveals a lot.

5. Newt Gingrich’s “Kenyan anti-colonial behavior” comment (Sept 2010). Even Washington Post columnist and conservative thinker George Will slammed this attempt to define the President as “foreign.” Never mind the facts: President Obama wasn’t reared by his father in Kenya with whom he spent only a month of his 50 years on this earth. The strategy to define the President as a “foreign” or “alien” being was started by Sarah Palin in 2008.

6. One of the underlying premises of disrespect towards the President is that he can be ordered around and dictated to like he’s Tipi the laundry boy.  The presumption that a U.S. President can be ordered around is a new phenomenon that appears to have gotten underway around January 2009.  From big mouth Congressmen to millionaires with nothing to do, you name it — they all inherently believe they can order President Obama around.  At least Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an actual leader of something. Regardless, read this and ask yourself if you think this would have happened to Presidents Bush, Reagan or Clinton.

7. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer puts her finger in the President’s face (January 2012). The photo speaks for itself.  Of course there are strong political disagreements between President Obama and Gov. Brewer.  But is it just possible there was a better time and place for this conversation?  Brewer said she felt “a little threatened” by President Obama. Please.

8. GOP House, prompted by Tea Party — refuses to raise debt ceiling (Aug 2011). Sounds like this was just hardball politics right? Let’s review the facts: The debt ceiling had been raised 69 times since 1962 without incident.  Seven times during Bush II and 18 times during Reagan.  Suddenly, with President Obama, a shiny new precedent is set with regard to raising the debt ceiling.  Another never before seen incident is born.

9. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Publicly Announces His Top Political Priority (Dec 2010). McConnell wants the President out of office?  No news there, but, wait, there’s more to it. “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term,” Sen. McConnell told the Heritage Foundation.  Of course the Senate Republican Leader doesn’t want the President to be re-elected.  But what’s with the public announcement? In July 2010 McConnell acknowledged his single most important political goal: President Obama being a one-term President. Again: In public and on national television.

10. Speaker Boehner refuses speech date request (September 2011). No it is not the end of the world.  Of course, the White House intentionally wanted to step on a GOP debate that same night. But, this is yet another first in American history. Once again, no one can find another instance where a President of the United States requested a date to address Congress and was refused.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer and political analyst. She created the blog Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR, WURD, and WVON. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USAToday.com and ABC News. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42



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  1. Josephine Gervais

    Did you know that while Obama has been in office the democrat lead senate that supports him has had 428+ filibusters– a filibuster is what is done by the republicans to make the usual 51 win of votes be changed to a 61 votes needed to win– just enough to keep the democrats from passing anything. So you see what a record breaking amount of filibusters that is know that Jimmy Carter had 2 filibusters in his senate. It’s flat out racism.

  2. Edwin P Whetstone

    Respect is earned not given, obama has done nothing to earn my respect but much to earn my contempt. He has earned his place as the most pathetic excuse of a President ever. I was not happy with either Bush but at least under them I could afford healthcare and to feed my family.

    • Edith Garberding

      So perfectly said Edwin Whetstone!

      • Kathleen

        This is not difficult to understand, if you’d ever been in the military you’d have a clue. You salute the uniform not the officer. Same thing with the president, you respect the office (to which he was elected by a majority of Americas — twice) not the man. How can we expect our children to respect their parents when parents demonstrate the worst incivility and disrespect to the president?

        • CnD

          thank you Kathleen, for speaking what most of us feel that still know what respect is, and those that were taught it by our parents. Respect the Office of the President, period…no one would have gotten away with that crap under Bush(I and II), Clinton or Reagan. We don’t have to agree with everything he does, says and enacts, but he’s the President…deal with it already! This happens to every President – he’s made fun of, he’s cussed, blah blah blah.

          • Betty

            there is one thing people forget he is an Authority how may of republicans say they are christians in quotes and they spread hate thats hypocrisy even in the bible king David respected king Saul desipte of their disagreements what the plant they will reap for sure even what he has done for them they just dont get it am from kenya and i see all that stupidity am like what

          • tony marotta

            period nothing how can any one respect a piece of shit thats in office that has ruined this country and continues too…wtf

        • pedro bundol

          How can you respect somebody who scratches his crotch during the national anthem ? How can you respect a President who picks his nose and socks when faced by Putin ? The idiot
          is a disgrace to the office he held and the country he serves.

        • Neil

          How can you respect a man who doesn’t respect the office he’s elected to, or the people who put him there. He’s disrespected this country and it’s people by apologizing to the foreign countries concerning the United States’ role on the world stage, and these are the same countries that STILL owe us for money and services we have given when they were in need. This man should have NEVER been elected in the first place.

        • Gerald Slaughter

          Hi Kathleen,

          Exactly! People are attacking the person Obama and that, itself, is very telling because of the nature and tone of the comments made. What upsets me most is that prominent figures, politicians and political operatives -not just fringe figures, endorse, promote, and incite racist and bigoted narratives. Monkey, ape, Obama’s baby-mama …these are unacceptable attacks the presidency (…and the personal in that they are factually incorrect).

          I am all criticizing policies of the presidency or any other political body but we must be civil. One obstacle to returning to civil discourse it some Americans do not see the president as a member of civil society -and no I am not talking about his alleged nationality. I am a proud American but lately one with a heavy heart.

        • CP

          Wow, how quickly people forget about all the “respect” and “civility” offered toward Bush 43 during his presidency. There are probably a similar amount of moments of disrespect towards President Bush as there are for President Obama. Neither man is perfect, neither is a popular president by many standards, and both were in the office. The difference is that Bush was hated by the media and Obama isn’t.

    • Sandy Sabovic

      @Edwin P Whetstone: The article is talking respect owed to the office, not the man. Your family is starving? That’s your fault, not anyone else’s. Unemployment went down over 3 points, so if you can’t find a job, you’re not look hard enough. Roll your sleeves up, put down your pride and get dirty…then you can ‘feed’ your family.


        • jeff

          Did he respect the men who he left to die in Benghazi? Ask yourself this. Who does his policies in the middle east help? He is against our country and I for one am glad he lost the senate. You are the same people who trashed Bush for eight years. This man will go down in history as the worst President in history.

          • joe

            How did he disrespect the men in Benghazi? Because by what you are saying every present has disrespected our service members/contractors that have died. His policies in the middle east are fine. Its the fact that we went to Iraq in the first place and destroyed a country with a foundation albeit a bad one. Sending service members to die for a lie is disrespect (i.e. Iraq) Pulling them out of there is respect because no more will die for a lie.

        • tony marotta

          edwin should not be ashamed of him self i so much agree with him. that piece of shit has ruined this fucking country

          • Lea

            What kind of Neandertal are you? You give the President a low name and cuss the country.
            How can one man ruin a country? We were drowning in debt, poor relationships with other countries.
            Such changes come slowly to repair. What makes it worse, is the people like ultra conserative , who are suppose to work for the American people, to make this a better country., will not with President Obama, they make perfectly sure he could win the battle but never the war.
            We live in profit incentive world, where any venue of fairness and good for all will never exist. There are too many people who look through colored glasses.

    • I believe he has earned it! He is President Barack Obama to you. You second sentence make me understand what you are boy, you are a little “bigot”. It doesn’t matter ifom it is any so-called Black man, you still in that mode to not recognize and he did attend I know that you call former Mr. Bush by last name and they were in leadership roles. What should he do murder all the Muslims?

      • tony marotta

        that piece of shit in office should throw all the muslims along with all the illegal aliens out of this country

        • tony marotta, thank you from all of us for your carefully stated opinions. Some may think that you are an uneducated lowlife with little knowlege and too much time on your hands. Others may feel that your intelect is being stifled by a case of “I’m just ignorant”.
          Just want you to know that you are sick, we all know it, your words prove it.

    • Judith Hennen

      Edwin Whitestone: The history is that Obama took over the biggest economic mess in history. Bush and Dick Cheney and Wall Street Raiders brought the American Economy to crisis and pretty much brought the world economy to a standstill. They took the last shred of the American dream…a house ..and ended up being paid to do so. They were paid with your tax money and I don;t see that you mind that too much. They instilled us with fear to keep our eye off the ball. If not for Obama the thievery would have “kept on keepin on.” At the bottom of all this is deep seeded racism. The same Wall Street Raiders and Corporate thieves took your job overseas and outsourced everything else to lower and level salaries. Republicans don’t want any action forward and they have stopped any action forward being backed by big corporate money. They are quite proud of this so don’t expect these republicans to bring your old job and your salary back. That boat sailed. This is what Republicans don’t want…a government at all….too much money to be made without regulation and government out of the way but only an idiot would expect trickle down in this elitist atmosphere. Corporations – including Insurance companies don’t want affordable insurance. Why would they? …when the CEO’s earn billions now the way it is. Of course they will fight change and hate Obama for wanting to get Healthcare to people. Frankly sir, corporations “don’t give a damn.”

    • Dante Still

      He does’nt need or want your respect

    • GB

      It’s very obvious you have not read up what the Word says. Respect or more importantly called HONOR is given; not earned. I did not vote for President Obama but he has my respect for the office or position that he sits in.

      • dory

        If by the Word, you mean the BIBLE, those words state that you are to respect your leaders because they were chosen by your god. Or is god out of the WORD equation?

        Romans 13:1 ESV / 59 helpful votes

        Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

        Sound familiar?

      • tony marotta

        gb your a fucking idiot

    • Tonni

      The office of Presidency deserves respect. U don’t have to like the man but his position is to be respected. And u are a contradiction to yourself…respect is earned but u aren’t disrespectful to Bush for increasing the deficit, sending in troops for a FAKE WAR for unallocated weapons of mass destruction. I agree with Kathleen no wonder our children are out of control…look what example is being set for them.

    • Marie

      You would be singing a different tune if President Obama was a white man. I wish you, the Retardicans in office, Tea Baggers, other misguided folks just leave earth. You guys are a waste and taking up space.

    • La Donna Walker

      He Is The President of the United States you idiot! NO other President has ever been treated this way, not even President Bill Clinton, who was fooling around in the white house or President Nixon, who was busted for his part in Watergate! Really Whetstone, really???

    • Nay Nay

      And at least Bush was white!

    • Nay Nay

      But at least Bush was white!

    • Doc

      Did you forget that it was under the leadership of President Bush that the economy tanked. Try looking at where we are now while remembering that the great depression took 13 years to recover from, I think he has done a remarkable job.

      • jess

        Irregardless of the state of the county, all presidents deserve respect not just the ones you like. President Obama is disrespected more than usual because of the way President Bush was disrespected by the very people who are outraged by President Obama’s treatment.

        All presidents should be treated with respect, not just the ones we support.

      • Raines

        Oh, you mean under the Democrat controlled Congress, who are the ones that actually control the purse strings?

    • Jake Eagleshield

      Good for you. You must be one of those rich old white protestant men the GOP loves so much.
      Not agreeing with policy is one thing. Fair game. But disrespect and vitriol is something else. Especially when all you conservatives are are Limbaugh parrots,with no minds of your own,and no opinions Rushbo does not allow you to have.

      None of it justifies that punk who raised a Confederate Rag at the White house,and elevated it to the same level as the noble Marine Corps banner,insulting everyone who has ever worn a military uniform. And getting applause from that airhead Sarah Palin!!

  3. Carol Bl;air

    Lets face it, much of the disrespect is about racism or elitism, pure and simple. Heaven forbid the poor or disenfranchised should have the same opportunities as those able to afford them….most of those complaining can still afford to do both, and not every one in this country can. eventually we would end up paying for these services in other not so obvious ways.

    As to “earned not given”, considering the way the plans and actions others recently in, and advising, the presidency have backfired on the american government and people…consider the euphemism “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

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  5. Jan Johnson

    I had great hopes for this president. I have been disappointed. I do think it unseemly that the office of the Presidency has garnered so much disrespect. Mr. Obama intransigence when working with congress befuddles me. I have one question about the “birther” situation. How is it that Barack Obama registered in college as a foreign student? That has bothered. He is actually a US citizen and sought to register as a foreign student? Why?

    • Cynd

      You don’t really believe that rumor Donald Trump came up with. People only believe what they want to believe. That rumor as been refuted several times.

    • Sandy Sabovic

      Come on Jan, really? Don’t be so naive dear. Even foreign students would much rather not enroll as one since the tuition for foreign students is almost tripled from our already way-too-costly education in America.

    • CnD

      Who. Cares. zzzzz. you are beating a dead horse…and many, many, many Presidents signed Executive laws before this one, many more times than this one…Reagan, Clinton, Bush I and II. They had to in order to get anything done because of all the whining and bickering back and forth between the parties. And they (the Presidents) should continue to do so…how else is anything ever going to get done in Washington?!?!

    • Margy Alft

      Sir do you think referring to any president as Mr. is respectful.

    • Jake Eagleshield

      Hey Jan, where in hell have you been since 2010? Under a rock in a cave on another planet? It is the GOP that has sabotaged the recovery,shut down the government refused to pass any bill favored by overwhelming majorities of citizens.
      Why? Because the skin color of the current occupant of the White House offends them.
      As for the Tea Party,it is just another racist hate group. Nobody even heard of them before Obama took office. What does that tell you?

  6. Michael Craig

    In fairness could you please post the top 10 lies of Obama? It seemed OK to call out Bush when he lied and said “read my lips-no new taxes” but if you call out Obama then you get trumped by the race card. Honestly, Obama the “most transparent” and “great uniter” has been anything but! Please recall Beergate, inserting himself into the Treyvon Martin case and generally acting as if its still 1960 where blacks are still sitting at the back of the bus. Obama acts like he is still a community organizer with the rallying cry of-”it’s the man keeping you down” Well guess what? Obama is the man and is responsible for higher unemployment for blacks, women, gays, etc but you would never know it the way he manipulates the media. Obama said with his plan the average family would save over $2,500 a year. As a matter of fact- many American families are paying that much MORE a year! “If you like your Doctor and your current plan you can keep them”. Another Obama lie because you can’t keep what has been taken away from you! “I promise to keep American’s safe”. Oh is that why you are allowing our military to go where they will be exposed to Ebola? Is that why you are bringing in illegal immigrant “kids” by the bus load from Nicaragua where they had a known respitory illness outbreak and now 15 states in the US are infected and hundreds of US children are now in the hospital? Terrorists storm and kill American citizens in Benghazi, Terrorists behead American journalist’s and not only have you done NOTHING but you still can’t bring yourself to call them Muslim Terrorists. Oh yeah, I forgot-you invited the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House! Anyone who still thinks we have a great President should ask themselves if he is the supposed recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize-why is there no peace in America? Stop acting luke a community agitator stuck in the 60′s and start acting like a President now. BTW-next time American’s are killed by Terrorists-can you PLEASE cancel your fundraiser and/or golf game???!!!

    • Dennis B

      Michael, the only people who use the terms “Great Uniter” and “Most Transparent” are critics like you, not the President himself nor anyone in his administration. You are right. We have come a long way since the 1960′s and sitting at the back of the bus but that doesn’t mean there is not a lot more work to be done in regards to race relations in this country. If you don’t see that, then it’s you who has his head deliberately in the sand. About the only factual thing you stated in your rant was the misleading statement “‘If you like your Doctor and your current plan you can keep them’”. However, perhaps you should look more to the insurance companies for dropping the ball on that one and not clearly spelling out how changes in plans may change potential doctors in a network. I know little of this will do much to change your mind but perhaps you could at least pause in mudslinging and deal in facts for a change.

    • There`s no peace in America because most of you “AMERICANS”dont want it.PERIOD:

      • JeremyS

        I need to stop you right here….I’ve been in the military for seventeen years……seventeen! You don’t speak on my behalf when you make irresponsible comments about most Americans want war and not peace. Where is your reference on that statement? It’s funny that someone who speaks so adamantly about peace is making statements to create arguments. That fairly typical of people that think and act like you….I’ve met so many like yourself. Another thing, I support my POTUS 100%, that being said, I also support people’s freedom of speech and if they don’t like the POTUS, that’s their right. It doesn’t make them a bigot or racist. The people who scream racism are typically racist. Good day!

      • tony marotta

        your an idiot josephine

        • Nay Nay

          Tony, it’s YOU’RE an idiot not YOUR an idiot! Your is a word that shows possession. YOU’RE is a contraction, that means you are! Stop reinforcing the stereotype that Obama haters are uneducated and ignorant! That’s so sad.

    • .Michael Craig:You believe that it not well, it more like 1600 but in another form. You are just upset because he is a great man.he hasn’t control of the economy and believe that he did try. He had a wall in front, back and sides. Have you ever tried to manipulate a vehicle out of a closed spot and others would not allow you freedom. Well if they become ill from Ebola it Allah or God business. why are you afraid of those people? I don’t fear them for they are my brothers and sisters for the only thing that separate is “race”. Why fear someone that could careless for you?

      Beheaded! But those who look like you beheads daily the so-called Black males every other day or lesser.It’s not the beheading but that our President is former religion is Islamic and your Albino German Jews [Israelites] whose ultimate purposes are to eliminate in which they are parts of this world God, Allah,or Jehovah will never be destroy

      Read your Word!!!Remember Noah! Abraham! Moses!

    • Tonni

      Obama didn’t lie the Republicans have stopped or tried to stopped everything our President has set forth to do. He didn’t create this mess Bush I&II did. And if any of u thought he would be able fix everything the Bush boys messed u are quite delusional and ignorant. No one could have fixed that mess in the time they are in office. Now I am in insurance and I can tell you that the healthcare reform that was laid out by Obama is not what is instituted today. Yes all Americans have access to healthcare but the real liars are the Republicans. All the stipulations on HRA were put there by the Republicans not Obama. We are a world super power yet we are the only one that doesn’t GIVE free healthcare and free college tuition to its citizens. Why? Because we are the greed driven country and lord+forbid the wealthy pay more in taxes to make up for those less+fortunate

    • So your O.K with Bush lying about nuclear weapons and going to war with a country that had nothing to do with 911. Bush even said he was not concerned about Bin Laden the master mind behind 911.There is a video where he clearly says this. This president got the guy really responsible. I find a lot of you right wingers are always ready for war but you don’t want your kids to fight. But it always O.K. to send someone else’s love ones into harms way. When you point a finger Michael there are always 3 pointing back at ya.

    • tony marotta

      good comments there michael i so much agree with you

    • Raines

      Lets not forget his desire to bankrupt coal companies and squeeze the middle lower classes with “skyrocketing” electricity rates. Yes, that’s smart. Seek to bankrupt companies, put people out of work, and risk not being able to meet demand. I’m all for renewables and looking into research to make them viable enough to meet the high demand. But you seek to destroy the main source especially when viable options aren’t ready yet.

  7. Michael Craig

    PS-Obama cannot take Executive Action and give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Even Ronald Reagan did not overstep his powers to give amnesty when he did for millions. He properly went to Congress. Obama seems to think the rules our government don’t apply to him and if you disagree then you must be racist. No we just actually believe in our constitution and the separation of powers between branches to protect Americans from a despotic leader that makes his own rules and forces them on Americans. We did not like it with King George and don’t like it from self elected King Obama.
    Time to impeach him for all his illegal actions against Americans. Can you say Benghazi cover up? Fast & Furious? It’s not a tax but it is a tax healthcare bill?

    • joe

      Yes, presidents can and have taken executive actions. It is not President Obama trying to make his own rules and force them on Americans. You have no information about Benghazi so saying it was a cover-up shows you are just buying into what some news channels are feeding you. The very panel that is investigating it has not even completed its investigation so you surely do not know.

      Fast and Furious, albeit dumb was started under Bush and continued. It could have worked if it was handled the right way and the weapons were actually tracked.

      Facts and Assumptions. You need to learn to differentiate between the two.

    • tony marotta

      you got that right michael that piece of shit in office has done nothing good for the us citizens of this country other then let these fucking illegal aliens in to our country

  8. Scott

    I love all the comments about racism and respect regarding the current POTUS. The problem is, he is the biggest racist with a blatant disrespect for America. So how as Americans can we even begin to fathom giving the office any respect whatsoever. He needs to step down and apologize to all Americans for even thinking he was capable of running this country.

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  12. Todd

    I must be the only person who had his insurance plan changed and increase in price from 169 a month to 225 a month with less coverage this past year from what I see most of you people saying on here. Also my coverage was changed for the worse. I dont like obama or the ACA. I dont like the fact that bevause I am white I am called a racist for critizing the president. I am a former Marine and I know several dark greens I would proudly go into conbat with. We have a president who is making race relations worse than they have been in my lifetime. Liberal or conservative lets get back to being Americans regardless of race. Please dont be offended but god bless you all

    • Todd: I dont know what planet you live on but the one on which I live has seen a hike in healthcare coverage premiums and a reduction in benefits way before you even heard about ACA. In fact, since 2006 my healthcare coverage at work has had some part of coverage removed each year while the amount deducted from my paycheck has steadily risen. It would be nice to blame the ACA, but of course that would be unrealistic.

      And former marine or not, I would first like to hear “how” you criticize the president before determining whether or not you are racist. I am white too but the sad fact is, you just dont have to press many Caucasians too hard or too long today to find out how they really feel about having a black guy in the WhiteHouse. Especially when they start calling his wife and daughters ugly racist names. Truth is, its pretty rare that you dont hear of or read any criticism of the guy by whites that doesnt outright or eventually involve racist remarks. In fact, its unusual if you dont hear this sort of criticism of the guy, right up to the legislative level and judicial levels of our government.

      I dont understand the hatred for this man and I hope I never do.

    • If your insurance premiums raised it’s your insurance. If its the presidents fault then I would have to blame Bush because mine went up under him.

    • tony marotta

      i so much agree with you todd

  13. CBD

    Jeez, you guys take this “respect the office, he’s the president!” thing way too far. Yeah, I’ll respect the office. I won’t disrespect his OFFICE, but the OFFICE and the man who HOLDS it are two different things. The OFFICE is meant to be made of honesty, integrity, and fiercely putting the public’s interests BEFORE his own. The MAN is a political weakling who is out on the green with a putter in his hand whilst innocent people are being murdered half a world away, people who were born HERE. People who were born to our ALLIES, and therefore we should weep, grieve, and feel anger WITH THEM. “But he’s from Britain not from here” is NOT an excuse. How about you get off the goddamn golf course and do something for once? Qaddafi publicly admitted that while he hated Reagan, he respected him. Anybody yelling that about the current president?

    All your bitching is pointless. Look back to the Vietnam protest signs “John-Son $07, BLOODFINGER” and tell me that’s okay but disagreeing with the man in office now is wrong. I DARE YOU. Go ahead, shoot yourself in the foot and say “But that was okay because…” same issue, different situation.

    • Jake Eagleshield

      Disagree with his politics. Disagree with his agenda. That is fair game. But right wingers have carried it to the extreme as they have done everything else. And,attacking his family is especially despicable. If you are disappointed in the performance of this White House,Blame the obstructionist Republicans,who have had only one goal since inauguration day 2009. Make this President fail,no matter how much damage they do to the country. As for his golf,in his eight years in office ,your boy Dubya,you know,the Cheney puppet,spent 637 days on vacation. a total of almost two years.President Obama has been on “working vacations’ 187 days in six years. Americans being murdered half a world away? If you refer to that American Al Qaida that was taken out with a drone,he was a traitor. Obama did not behead those journalists. The head of ISIS was a former Saddam Bathist one of Bushes victims in his war of aggression,along with 100,000 Iraqi innocents,and 5,000 Americans who died so Bush could satisfy a personal vendetta. If anyone should be sued,it is the Republicans in the House,for violation of their oath of office,sabotafe of government function,dereliction of duty,and defying the will of the people on every single issue.I have been a Republican my entire life. Cruz and his ilk are the REAL RINOS here,insulting the legacy of Lincoln,Ike,T.R. and even Regan. Never in our history has an opposition party hoped the President would fail,and actually pray for his death. That is Unamerican and close to treason. That’s what happens when mindless automiton conservatives take their marching orders from that nut jub Limbaugh,and the wild talking heads at Vulture News.

      • Meh

        Who is the answer to ecoonmy, war on iraq, healthcare, gas prices, school fundings, foreclosures, middle class and etc then? If you’re taking away the pointed finger, we need to know WHO we need to point it at. The candidates for presidency are the ones who are saying they are responsible for the issues we have in this country. Who are the others accountable?

    • Doc

      You can say Benghazi coverup till your blue in the face and it still will be pure bull crap. It has been proven false so many times its not even worth writing about.

  14. Dianne Lambert

    I am embarrassed by the way republicans / GOP think they can treat this man, our President. I voted for him both times and felt the GOP were cutting off their chances to look good by the way they started his first inauguration. Never gave him a chance, and at the cost of each and every American citizen, they didn’t care. They should never have been re-elected, they weren’t out there doing their job for me or any of their constituents and should have to pay back every penny of their wage they wasted, that is my money they stole from me to do nothing to advance our country but instead to advance their stupidity. This is a very sore subject to me and if I could they wouldn’t be allowed to be a part of our future government, starting the day after his 2008 inaugural speech. GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY, but those losers need to get their buts out of DC for the good of everyone.

  15. John C. Randolph

    That asshole signed an extension of the PATRIOT act, for christ’s sake. Anyone who still supports him (or respects him) aft that betrayal, is an idiot or a hypocrite.

    Obama has done NOTHING to deserve respect, no matter what part of the political spectrum you come from.


    • You know I try to ignore a lot of things I see. But occasionally I see a post that I know has the facts wrong. I can’t help myself. I have to comment. These are things I have read up on or researched. Anyway when I do this with people that watch Fox news. No matter what it is” I hear it’s just liberal Media lies”. Before Fox news there was no liberal media it was just called the media. Now anything that is not Fox news or disagrees with Fox news Is considered liberal media and of coarse its all lies. But Fox news on the other hand which is by the Republican Party for the Republican party promoting the Republican party is the one telling the truth. Why would the so called Liberal media lie? What do they gain from it.? Fox news on the other hand is owned by people who want to promote the Republican agenda. for their own gain. I just don’t get that logic.

    • tony marotta

      you got that right john that piece of shit in office has done nothing good for this country thats for sure

    • Doc

      And what Presiden signed the PATRIOT act into law. Here is a hint it was not Obama.

  16. Bela T

    I am white, a Republican, AND I live in California! BUT……this total disrespect for POTUS has me baffled since day 1, to the point where if the republicans would like me to continue to vote republican, they better change with attitudes and actions toward others. It makes me so sick to see people constantly fighting with one another, over real stupid shit. Regardless of the above mentioned with the looks I have to deal with when I state I am a republican, then again I don’t vote republican just because it says republican on the ballot. I actually vote on the issues at hand, and how it will effect me and others in the long run. At the same time, for those that are complaining and don’t vote? SHUT UP! Someone told me if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain, I follow that through and through and have NEVER missed a vote since I was old enough to register.

    • tony marotta

      bela your a freakin idiot just because some doest vote then they shouldnt say anything? get the fuck out of here with that i will and always will speak my mind if i vote or not so you can shut the fuck up as well

  17. tom kelly

    Joe Wilson was correct. Illegals are now covered by Obamacare…

  18. Beverly Wilson

    At least no one threw a shoe at him. Talk about disrespect!!

  19. That was not this country Beverly. You know that right. We are talking about disrespect in our country of our president.

  20. Jay

    I find it hilarious that Liberals so conveniently forget 8 years of George W Bush. Liberals were merciless and most of the attacks were not any more legitimate that the attacks on Obama. You guys actually put it out there that Bush Blew up the levies in N.O. to kill black people. That was Kanye West on national television and you guys were giving each other hi fives over it. Liberal hypocrisy is completely ridiculous. As soon as Obama was elected, Liberals put it out there that anyone who is critical of Obama was a racist. This was the left wing view like the day after he was elected, while most liberals still used an Avatar of GWB as a chimpanzee.

    You guys are just nuts. Obama doesn’t get it any worse than the people before him. You’re just all hypocrites about it.

  21. Bill Mille

    He’s an asshat, a charlatan, a snake oil salesman and a slimy community organizer, who has done nothing other than to take from hard working Americans and give to the lazy, living off the government dole freeloaders.

    Now this POS is going to attempt to ram granting amnesty to illegal aliens down our throats by executive action….What a steaming pile of human excrement.

    The people spoke during the mid-term elections, and the message was loud and clear…we are tired of his BULLS$%T!

  22. Ralph

    Yes it is unfortunate that politics are so rough and tumble. Filliibusters are not racism, they result from the huge gulf between political ideologies. There were assaults and even duels in our Congress 120 years ago and white Presidents from Jefferson to Lincoln to Carter to Reagan were the subject of popular ridicule, insults, slights, disrespect and even assasination. Politics are rough because the world is a hard place that calls for tough choices. It is not an abstract, fluffy thing as portrayed in our colleges or on the View. Yes things have been rough but would you prefer it to break down into political violence? Even as we debate whether pointing your finger at the President is racism this whole dynamic is changing. African Americans and Anglo Saxon Americans are losing their relevance and the Democrats are about to scoop up anywhere from 3 million to 30 million new Hispanic voters. Do you think that marginal groups like urban blacks or poor country whites will matter then? No, the agenda will be set to keep the newcomers happy. Think about it as we move toward amnesty.

  23. Sean Moogan

    I hate Obama, his agenda and his policies. One of the beauties of America is our right to agree or disagree. Other country’s (Not all of course) citizens get shot speaking poorly about their leader. Yeah, he makes me angry……..BUT he is OUR PRESIDENT. He is our COMMANDER IN CHIEF, duly elected by the people. Sure there may be issues he could have handled better (Maybe). Throughout history we have made comments like ” its as clear as black and white” and it has many meanings. “I” believe he made it into office because far more people of color went to the polls than ever before in an effort to see a black President regardless of his agenda. Where was he born? Could care less. I’m looking for a President that looks out for all the people of this country. He could be from Mars. But you cant tell me, and I’m white, that roadblocks weren’t put up on things he wanted to do, or he didn’t have to choose which battles to fight because he knew roadblocks lay ahead, which may have made many of his supporters upset. Personally I’m tired of Presidents who spend billions on other nations and their problems, and on combat in other lands, when we could be spending those billions paying down our debt,feeding our hungry, housing our homeless, on social services that really mean something, and yes, even on doing the right thing concerning immigration. Our military should be guarding OUR borders, not POLICE……BUT bottom line…He is our PRESIDENT and a level of respect, even if you disagree or are even angry with him, is expected and required. If your so against this leader, then either run for office or leave…..Just my opinion.

  24. Ralph

    Again, this is ridiculous and shameful attempt to turn the president into a victim.


  25. Chuzzychu

    First off, Lauren Victoria Burke thank you very much for a very well put together factual discuss… Now, I must say some of you commenting here should really question yourselves and your loyalty to country, as well as respect for yourselves.

    Some don’t have jobs and then you blame the president. If you can’t get a job, the solution is simple: “create one”.. You didn’t throw stones at JFK when he said: “..ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country”.

    At this point in Bush tenure he had taken over vacation 400 days, even though he had sent American troops to war and blood was being shed every single day. And at this point in Obama’s tenure he hasn’t even taken up to 200 vacation days.

    And i would conclude with this…

    How, can a president make progress when the house is against him, no bill can be past because you’ve got filibusters making sure to it, that none of the presidents’ agendas would pass. The very same house fighting Obama are the ones that voted for the Afghan war, the Iraqi war and all other wars the US is still struggling to recover from today.

    People, quit with aiming to be Politically correct, Obama’s administration is being treated with optimum prejudice and disrespect, and this is to the detriment of all Americans. And by the way, Politically correctness is just the new way for people to be dishonest and two-faced. You can still be polite, civil and honest… Enough of the PC nonsense – the truth is right before your nose and you’ll know it!!

  26. jason blue

    this tony moratta is a lunatic and should be in a hospital. All talk with no facts

  27. Nate

    People like William Thomas are the problem. This is how we ended up with the first President ever, elected by the press, and never vetted. He was raised by a Communist, and spent his early days as a left-wing radical, raising money for the enemies of Israel, all the while, schmoozing with convicted terrorists from the Weather Underground. So many of us hate him, because there is nothing American about him. He works endlessly towards dismantling our institutions, violating the Constitution. He is never at fault for anything, and then criticizes the outcomes caused by his administration. The President has NO authority to create laws, or sign executive orders, or take executive actions that are contrary to existing law, or can be construed as new legislation. He can only clarify administrative procedures under existing law. He never should have been on the 2008 ballot for 2 states, and has been using someone else’s Social Security # for years. The woman in Hawaii who spoke out about the authenticity of his birth certificate? Mysterious Death. He was enrolled in school in Indonesia as a Muslim, wears a Muslim wedding ring, and claims to be a Christian. Why would you lie about that? Went to the same “Christian church in Chicago for 20 years, but claims not to know that the pastor was an extremist? The same church that Michelle Obama’s $$ Parents attended. Our Manchurian President… no wonder we have no respect for him.

    • Doc

      By your own words you condem yourself as a liar.

      He was enrolled in school in Indonesia as a Muslim, wears a Muslim wedding ring, and claims to be a Christian. Why would you lie about that? Then you say (Went to the same “Christian church in Chicago for 20 years,)

    • Nick yous just another punk ass racist pig. So no. Wonder you disrespect the president. Hes a real. And i know you do it aou of ra ist like many other white raciats in here. Trust a brother crom the motherland. Wonder how can you live in a developped country and fail.to.develop your reason. How did you do that??

    • Lea

      Nate- don’t use “We” unless you have the permission of all the people, or better yet, recognize the “WE”, so others can step away from you and speak for themselves. It is an odorous thing for a supposed intelligent person to be the bearer of tales. Unless you can prove any of these for yourself, you are being lead by others.

      I suppose you are getting all you “town crier” information from tony moratta.

  28. Ally

    I have a little something in your article that annoyed me. You indicated that President Obama is more important than anyone else in the nation. That is wrong. All men were created equal- so yes Obsma deserves respect but only as much as the next person.

    • Lea

      Ally-Then why is he being the so disrespected? Yes, we all need to be respected. Ally, whether people like it or not he is the Commander-in-Chief. He deserves that respect, when a person can meet him in public point her finger in face of the President of the United States, where is the respect., called every name associated with black being negative: baboon, sir big lips. a piece of ######, “worse President in the United, and these are a few disrespectful name. That information in the paper should not have annoyed you, it should have rekindle your flame for equal creation and respect.

  29. Lex Lewis

    I agree that the office of the president should be respected. However, I can put forth a few cases of disrespect shown to the Clintons. The press repeatedly referred to Chelsea Clinton’s lack of good looks and Hillary’s poor fashion sense. Senator Helms said if President Clinton, the draft dodger came to his state he couldn’t guarantee his safety! A vocal threat against a president from a US senator!! Meanwhile the press goes out of its way to shower Mrs. Obama with praise for her cloths, her arm muscles and her good works. Sasha and Malia are NEVER criticized for any reason (which is how it should be). So I don’t think you are quite accurate in your assessment of disrespect toward President Obama.

    • Lea

      Lex, wishful thinking does not create the possible of something not happening. Where have you been, don’t you read, watch TV. ON December 17, a Republican member of congress,
      state on world wide TV, that President Obama was the worse President.

  30. NS

    You forgot to your list – when a African America boy friend shamelessly tells President Obama that ‘Do not touch my girl friend’. It was so Dumb and stupid and very very humiliating for the president.

  31. WonderfulRemark

    OMG, I wanted to read all the 369 comments but I don’t have all day. About half the comments are from a guy named Tony Marotta who’s just calling everyone a f’in idiot. The columnist who wrote this should edit his dumb-ass beer-drinkin’, belly-scratchin’ racist comments. That said, what is the point of the article? The interesting part is in the debate that follows, many points made pro and anti-Obama. That can be debated eternally but the fact that he got a 2nd term, with lack – luster support from his black constituency tells the story. He earned the Presidency and like all others before him, has paid a high price for it. I voted for him twice and it had nothing to do with his being half black. One of the comments summed the story up well: you don’t have to respect the man but a proud American respects the office. This country is out of check in so many ways, it steals my joy some days. We won’t live to see the end of black – white racism unfortunately, antisemitism or now the Muslim debate. We can however not buy into it when it presents. And we can attest to the fact that we’ve seen Jim Crow and Obama in the White House in our lifetime. The columnists story will continue with the disrespect shown the next person sitting in the Oval Office. It will be interesting if that person is The White Woman. Let’s see how she negotiates gridlock in the Senate and House. No wonder I’m going to see Dear White People today. You should put it on your agenda. Political satire is thought provoking in a healthy way. Of course, thats just my opinion and everyone is entitled to one in these United States. Unfortunately, the media revels in letting assholes shout louder sometimes. Big egos get more attention, just not mine.

  32. sloan

    i dont agree with any amnesty programs aboma wants for hispanics..but the disrespect given to obama over the years aint right and can only imagine how he feels inside..and its my opinion his threaghts of giving amnesty is payback and i hope and pray he opens his eyes and sees the pure hell this country and its citizens will further face if he gives amnesty.we might as well all move to canada

  33. America , Change came to you and you rejected it. Jah know.

  34. […] I’m thankful for the numerous Black role models that I’ve had over the years- the teachers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen and businesswomen, the celebrities, and the everyday people- who showed me that I had options and could be what I wanted to be. I’m thankful for our Black president, even if I don’t agree with all of his statement on Monday night, because he’s stood his ground for nearly six years despite arguably being the most disrespected man to ever hold our highest public office. […]

    • Lea

      Mike and Me- Why do you believe he is the mos disrespected man to hold our highest office in the USA? I have disagreed with many policies of the past President, but to cuss, point you finger in his face, call him a lies — no less a member of Congress, and called him every negative black name you can imagine. Those same people are saying to our black youth, that options are out., you will do nothing with your life. We can tear down a President of color what more can we do to you.The incidents of disrespect towards President Obama will continue for the next two years. The powers that be want to make it possible that a black man will never, attempt to rule them., while President Obama’s wish was to work with them.

  35. Joe Drager

    Obama is a traitorous POS. Everyone knows that.

    • only 690 more days of eldouchenozzle

      AMEN to that Joe !! and the article above is so obviously written by a koolaid drinking waffle slot that its almost hilarious .
      Author must really fantasize about smoking some obama pole.

      • Lea

        Joe Drager-only 690- An you think in your sordid minds that American would listen to the lack of you two., Well, only hate-fill twisted freaks like you would take any heed to your hateful banter. Don’t rejoice over being here to claim your deviant thoughts. “Time is promised to no man” no one knows where are when.


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