It’s interesting (to me, anyway) the many ways that we in the blogosphere refer to BO. I don’t mean the name calling (though that’s just good fun), I mean the simple act of referencing him. Obviously, people who like and support him refer to him as “President Obama” or even “Obama.” That’s fine. I refer to President Bush as either President Bush or Bush. I get it. I think BO is a disgrace to this country and to the office, so you will rarely see me refer to him as “President Obama” (I’m not sure that I ever have, actually), and I think I’d choke on “Mr. President,” even if I were only typing it. Ugh. It’s bad enough that he is president, rubbing it in just makes it worse somehow.
As anyone who reads my page knows, I decided on “BO” long ago, and have pretty much stuck to it (except when it serves my rhetorical purpose to go with something else). What I like about “BO” is that it’s just disrespectful enough to convey my . . . well, utter lack of respect, and it also evokes “B. O.”, i.e. body odor, and this appeals to me because something is definitely smelly and rotten in Denmark. I also enjoy all the “in Chief” variations: Waffler in Chief, Narcissist in Chief, Liar in Chief, Groveler in Chief, etc. I also like the “messiah” and “dear leader” tags because they nail not only the nature of the salivating fringe media and lobotomized Stepford acolytes but also accurately evoke his own vision of himself as “savior” of this country by “transforming” it into something ugly and unrecognizable and as the totalitarian dictator he so wants to be. Good times.
I cringe just a little bit when I see his full name or initials used: Barack Hussein Obama or BHO. To me, and I have to plead tainted by academic indoctrination to a degree (heh, no pun), use of his middle name is intended to evoke, or in some cases perhaps unintentionally evokes, anti-Muslim sentiment. While no one is more anti-radical, -extremist, -terrorist Muslim than I, I think it critical that we never lump every Muslim in that category. I can certainly understand people who are afraid of Islam and the imposition of Sharia law that seems to be spreading around the world. I was just watching a segment on Fox and Friends about the Burka Barbie. Geez, let’s have a little Sharia law here, shall we? First, we’ll dismantle all steps women have made to achieve equality in medical care–no more mammograms or pap smears for you!, then we’ll suffer your presence only if you hide yourself in shame. Nice. And we all know that in the upper echelons of our government, we have a czar who supports enforcing aspects of Sharia law in this country.