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President should be given respect

Published: Wed, March 14, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

President should be given respect

It is too bad that we have so many bigots in this country that have no respect for the president of the U.S.A. I am particularly disturbed by the racist jokes, comments and derogatory remarks by our local, state and government officials.

What is more disturbing is our black communities not publicly protesting. Why can’t people understand that even if they don’t like the president, his office should be respected.

Regardless who wins the presidential election, I think that Congress should pass legislation that would disallow anyone (private or public citizens) from derogatory remarks that disrespect the president.

Why can’t people in America come together and forget about race and color and work for the good of this country. Soldiers fight together because they have no choice. They shed the same red blood and die the same way regardless what nationality or color they are.

I pray that one day race will not be a problem in this country.

Olla L. Tate, Youngstown


1redeye1(4879 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Here we go again another liberal who wants a law to take away our freedom of speech. Well, Olla as far as I'm concerned that idiot in the WH is clueless. It has nothing to do with race, but since you threw out the race card. How come all the black comics could say whatever about our many white presidents and you never wrote a letter.

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2JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like Olla is trying to play the race card as to why many have come to realize that Oblama is not a leader.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow I see the right wing hate extremest are out in full force .
And they call hate freedom of speech
What a Town
They make it so easy to know who to vote for THANK YOU

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4redeye1(4879 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Freeatlast It just amazes me that people like yourself who claim to be so righteous on this blog. You were one of the people who spoke wrong of Bush, but since its a liberal idiot we must all cower down to him. Well, that's not going to happen I can't wait for November when the people( other than you) wake up and vote this fool out. One other thing, when its liberal president getting picked on, all you left wingers get you your panties in a wad

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5peacelover(798 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Olla's letter sure brought out the self righteous haters this morning.

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6doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey redeye -- we don't need liberals to pass laws that take away our freedoms....Because the tea party is doing a great job of that all by themselves.

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7jojuggie(1588 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey Olla, why didn't you write your letter when George W. Bush was in office.

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8valleyred(1101 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't like President Obama because of his far-left liberal policies. It has NOTHING to do with his race. If it were Hillary or Bill out there with these policies, I would not like them either!

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9Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank all of you who prove my point.
Sometimes it is so easy .

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10redvert(2118 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

And what exact point do you think has been proven freeatlast. Even jrolley325, a admitted liberal disagrees with your idea that if someone does not agree with you that they are an extremest.

Yes, I agree, sometimes it is too easy!!!

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11praxis95(51 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Criticism of a seating president is as old as our republic. To label criticism of out current president as racist simply because of his mixed heritage without any critical analysis of the content of the criticism is foolish. If your interest is improving race relations you must exam any claim of racism to ensure the claim can stand on its merits. Criticism that can, and does apply to all segments of our society cannot stand such scrutiny.

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12Peregrine(47 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

@praxis95--thanks for the civil and common sense comment--we need more comments like that rather than personal attacks.

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13walter_sobchak(2032 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Ms. Tate
Did you write such a letter between 2001 and 2008 when they called W. a "stupid cowboy" or "the illegitimate President". Political discord is as old as our republic and is guaranteed by the following:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Maybe you forgot this or maybe you never learned it.

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14Westsider(227 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

As an American, I am tired of having my political differences with Barack Obama branded as "racism." As a registered Democrat I did not vote for him because his platform lacked substance - which has certainly been made evident by the passage of time. In my opinion he has not earned a second term - not because of his race but because of policies with which I disagree. That would be true if he was white, purple, green, blue or red.

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15anothermike(215 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

"why and how could we ever have made this bad of a mistake"....Well, the repubs didn't have a snowball's chance given the state of the economy and a never ending war, and no one wanted a female President. Maybe that may shed some light on who is now occupying the White House regardless of what kind of job people think he is doing...........

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16andersonathan(682 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago


How soon some people forget,

The static over Gov. Palin and the hatred placed on her and her family.
"Speaking of twats" Bill M. on TV

And some one in the MV wants to cry about being mean and racist towards the President one who spends millions and has teams of Lawyers hiding every square inch of his background? LOL

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17sam_carter(111 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Whether you like the man or not, have some respect for the office. If we get invaded, are you going to side with the enemy?
I gave GW the benefit of the doubt with the iraq invasion. I felt that he had CIA briefings, and obviously knew more than we do. But as time goes on and history is rewritten, i now have doubts. There is a con man banker called Ahmed Chalabi that they put too much faith in. Read up on him and you will see what i mean.
Palin and Bachman, no offense to the ladies, they are pretty, but not smart in MHO.
President Obama comes across to me as taking the side of the working guy, and i agree with his health care plan. We need to help out the poor shmuck who had bad luck and lost his job and benefits, and takes a low-paying job with no benefits to feed his family. The individual mandate is for the person that doesnt pay for health care, but then shows up at the emergency room and gets care for free. That was romneys idea, and he is right. And the born in kenya lie. Its despicable that the republicans have to base their platform on this lie. Im refering to Trump. He was a front runner for a while campaigning on that lie. And if any of you guys are still promoting it, well, come forward with some proof! and my response to you will be that "since i personnally havent seen YOUR birth certificate, that proves that YOU are not a citizen either.....

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18sam_carter(111 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Mmmm, so if i follow your logic, Sen Rob Portman, Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt, Bob Casey, really dont earn a full time paycheck?
Ok, if you say so...

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19uptowngirl(122 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

No one deserves respect, people must earn respect. Every president in modern time has been criticized. During the Vietnam war people protested against President Johnson. Bill Clinton caused himself to be disrespected with the affair and lies he was caught in. If political leaders want to avoid criticism they should avoid even the slightest appearance of impropriety. Many elected officials do what they want, let the crap hit the fan and then justify their actions by saying they did nothing illegal. I look at it this way--the President is a public servant and he is accountable to the public (yes, you and I are the employer). The taxpayers are paying the salaries of the President, Congress, Cabinet, Governor, etc. down the line and it is about time these people acknowledge that and quit acting "special." If the elected officials cannot take the heat they need to find different employment.

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20sam_carter(111 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

There is no doubt in my mind, that if President Obama came out tomorrow and said that the sky was blue during the day, you people would still disagree and vilify him. Somehow blue skies would be the socialist muslim unconstitutional cause of everything wrong with this country including your hemorrhoids and ED. Geez, go buy some viagra if you need it that bad.

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21WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago


I don't remember any of you coming out to defend George W. Bush when he was being vilified at every turn. Same with Sarah Palin. Sounds like HYPOCRISY to me. If you can point to the comments and letters you wrote demanding civility and defending these two office holders than maybe we can all read your words without laughing.

And if you think I lack credibility, go read my comments. To cite a recent example, I was among the first to say Herman Cain had to go if the allegations of sexual misconduct against him were true. Go look.

Looks and sounds to me like the only time you guys stand up in defense is when someone with a (D) behind their name is on the hook.

Prove me wrong, hypocrites.

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