Respect is something that most people desire, but the President of the United States, party affiliation aside, is one individual who is most deserving.
The most disrespectful moment towards former President Bush, Jr., was when Kanye West, in an unscripted moment on live TV, ranted his disgust about the former president’s seemingly excruciatingly slow response with providing aid to the Hurricane Katrina survivors. The former president views West’s remarks as, “…one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
Of course, Kanye West is no stranger to disrespect such as when he indecently and uncivilly interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Awards that even President Obama denounced.
Although former President Bush says that Kanye’s remarks were the most disgusting, I deemed the shoe-throwing incident by Iraqi journalist, Muntadher al-Zaidi, as even more disgusting. As a result of hurling the shoes, al-Zaidi was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison. The only positive aspect of this incident was the former president’s brisk agility with avoiding contact with the shoe - a pretty reflexive move similar to a scene from “The Matrix.”
These are two incidents of disrespect, but when I think of how many times the current president has been disrespected, I would run out of column space.
When the Governor of Arizona pointed her finger in his face, I was shocked and had to do a double take at the photo. Apparently, she didn’t take kindly to the president’s inquiry of her account of a meeting at the White House in her book Scorpions for Breakfast. Even as a governor, she felt justified in wagging her finger and not backing down from the Commander-in-Chief.
When South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson yelled, “You lie,” during the president’s health care speech in 2009, it was a boundless display of disrespect.
President Obama’s position has been endlessly repudiated regarding his birth certificate. What other American president was ever made to produce such?
Peter Bella, of The Washington Times, asserts, “There is a long-standing policy and tradition in the military of respecting rank. You do not have to respect the person holding the rank, but you must respect the rank they hold. This includes the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, the president.”
The most recent offensive incident or, perhaps, disrespect, if it can ever accurately be figured out, was at the RNC when Clint Eastwood rambled to the empty chair as if it was the president. I am a fan of Clint Eastwood’s body of work, but I wasn’t sure what was happening. I thought he transformed into someone’s centenarian grandfather on the stage having a demented moment.
President Obama, unfortunately, is used to being disrespected and presented with offenses, so the chair incident seemed to be of little concern to him.
A USA Today reporter inquired as to whether or not the president was offended by Clint Eastwood’s empty chair antics. President Obama “said with a smile: “One thing about being president or running for president — if you’re easily offended, you should probably choose another profession.”
I’m sure President Obama has learned to relate to this advice while maintaining his dignity, composure, and limitless “swag.”