This I Believe

Lynne - Lena, Illinois
Entered on April 3, 2007
Age Group: 50 - 65

It’s like fingernails grating down a chalkboard.

It’s like listening to the dentist warm up the drill before beginning work on a cavity.

It’s like violating every rule of etiquette in the book.

What has elicited such a reaction?

I’ve heard yet another news reader refer to George W. Bush as “mister.”

The last time I looked, George W. Bush was the duly elected President of the United States of America. Does the man not deserve to be referred to as “President Bush”?

I can’t believe I’m writing this. Me. a registered Democrat. I didn’t vote for him the first time, and I certainly didn’t vote for him the second time.

But the man is our President, for pete’s sake. If we can’t respect the man could we at least respect the office and refer to — and call — him “President Bush”? Or, if that’s too much to ask, how about “Mr. President”? But he will not become “MISTER Bush” for another 17 months. I’m looking foreward to his return to civilian life. Until that day, however, I will continue to call him President Bush.

I sure wish the news media would do that, too.