This president…a pretty simple neutral sounding sentence fragment. Perfect for any number of uses in a newscast, newspaper article, political speech or a blog post like this one. But if you listen to Fox News for any length of time you’ll soon realize they use it as a pejorative…to denigrate the president…to project a negative image without actually having to say President Obama out loud. And it runs through not only their on air staff but their guest commentators as well. Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke used it in one of his fantasy island appearances and even Marco Rubio has used it in interviews now.
So how did this become a thing? Who determined that they needed code words to be rude to our president? And how did they get everyone else to buy into it.
It’s ugly…you can hear the vitriol in their voices as they say it…you can sense the bile running down their chin as they spit it out…so this little neutral sounding phrase becomes a semi-secret handshake amongst the anti-Obama clique. How the heck did we get to this?