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Hate the office, not the playa

365 days ago you couldn’t turn on the TV without being hosed down with coverage on the presidential election. CNN had the “Best Political Team on TV”. FOX was “Fair and Balanced”. And me? Well I was plain annoyed because I just wanted to watch my episode of South Park.

Now, back  in the present, Barack Obama is our commander-in-chief, Jonny polar bear is being saved from global warming, the British people are watching DVDs for the first time and Digg is still lamenting the unwavering evil that is the Republican party.

I will be the first to openly admit that I am not a big Obama fan. But at the same time I cannot claim that I know what I am talking about when it comes to politics. It’s more of a “the more you know, the less you know” situation than anything. This rings especially true when complicated subjects like the economy and healthcare come up. Everyone seems to know exactly what to do about it but in reality they have no idea what the hell they are talking about.

And herein lies our problem. People are entitled to their opinion but the moment someone else expresses a different opinion, respect is instantly lost. I am of course referring to critics of our current president.

Taking another “365 days ago” trip I remember a person very close to me saying something to the effect of, “I wish people would respect George Bush while he is in office. I mean, he is still our president even if you don’t agree with his decisions.” I totally agree with this, which is why I was floored when I heard this person calling our current president a sleeper terrorist and socialist among other things. All because they didn’t agree with Obama.

I am not an Obama fan. But I do respect the man. He has earned the trust of the majority of Americans whether you like it or not and no amount of childish labels or name calling will change that. The President of the United States is one of the most respected titles in the world and it’s about damn time the people of the United States recognize that.

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