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AMERICANS: You can call me Bob

Letter by Robert T. Anderson, Gig Harbor on Feb. 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm with 13 Comments »
February 13, 2012 3:36 pm

Regarding what to call people who are sometimes described as black or African American (TNT, 2-4):

My ancestors came from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and England, but people call me Bob. Barack Obama’s relatives came from Kenya, Ireland and probably also places like Germany, the Netherlands and Tanzania. People should call him President Obama.

I am proud that we have multi-colored Americans whose ancestors came from all over the world.

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  1. ReadNLearn says:

    Bob, you’ve always been weird and you’re still weird.

  2. ManuelMartini says:

    What great insight, RNL!

    Can you come up with a “yo momma” joke next?

  3. menopaws says:

    Hey Bob—thanks!!!!!!! My relatives came from England, France and Italy……..We should celebrate our melting pot—nice job!!!!

  4. Rob – I always thought we should call people what they want to be called.

  5. Excuse me…..Bob, not Rob.

  6. ManuelMartini says:

    You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay….

  7. HistoryFan says:

    If an American moves to Kenya and becomes a Kenyan citizen, are they called American-African? No. They are called Kenyan. If they move to Ireland are they called American Irish?

  8. I don’t know Fanboy….I have never lived in Kenya or in Ireland…..have you?

    Strictly speaking, the hyphenated labels should be used only for those who have dual loyalties due to their dual citizenship. I think it would be healthy for us to refer to those individuals by their dual status. That way we would be reminded of just who is “serving” the US in the government as Israeli-Americans.

    in 2008 the following Israeli-Americans were “serving the US”:
    Attorney General – Michael Mukasey
    Head of Homeland Security – Michael Chertoff
    Chairman Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Richard Perle
    Deputy Defense Secretary (Former) – Paul Wolfowitz
    Under Secretary of Defense – Douglas Feith
    National Security Council Advisor – Elliott Abrams
    Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff (Former) – “Scooter” Libby
    White House Deputy Chief of Staff – Joshua Bolten
    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs – Marc Grossman
    Director of Policy Planning at the State Department – Richard Haass
    U.S. Trade Representative (Cabinet-level Position) – Robert Zoellick
    Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – James Schlesinger
    UN Representative (Former) – John Bolton
    Under Secretary for Arms Control – David Wurmser
    Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Eliot Cohen
    Senior Advisor to the President – Steve Goldsmith
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Christopher Gersten
    Assistant Secretary of State – Lincoln Bloomfield
    Deputy Assistant to the President – Jay Lefkowitz
    White House Political Director – Ken Melman
    National Security Study Group – Edward Luttwak
    Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Kenneth Adelman
    Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst (Former) – Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
    National Security Council Advisor – Robert Satloff
    President Export-Import Bank U.S. – Mel Sembler
    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families – Christopher Gersten
    Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs – Mark Weinberger
    White House Speechwriter – David Frum
    White House Spokesman (Former) – Ari Fleischer
    Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Henry Kissinger
    Deputy Secretary of Commerce – Samuel Bodman
    Under Secretary of State for Management – Bonnie Cohen
    Director of Foreign Service Institute – Ruth Davis

  9. Pacman33 says:

    bB,
    Has the isolation of rural Idaho made you homesick?

    When was the last time you phoned home? Maybe you should give your dear Auntie Semitism a call.

  10. surething says:

    I thought we were all Americans. I have a rich ancestry, and I am a minority, whatever that really means.

    I am an American. Period. And Damn proud of it.

  11. Pacman – So you think that dual citizenship is a good thing for American officials with high security clearances to have? I want people in charge who put America 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th – not tied for 2nd.

  12. And please explain – how was listing the dual citizen status of a number of high ranking AMERICAN officials in any way antisemitic?

    I have no problem with Jewish-Americans. I have a big problem with Israeli-Americans who are in sensitive positions in the government. But then, I have problems with Norwegian-Americans or German-Americans or Cambodian-Americans or any other dual citizen who refuses to cut their ties with their old country serving in the government.

  13. “You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay….”

    and we can call yo X6, and we can call you RW98512 and we can call you kardnos.

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