Addressing The President of the United States in Conversation

If you are fortunate to have a conversation with The President of the United States, address him as Mr. President. If you are having a lengthy conversation with The President, you may also address him as Sir to mix it up a bit.

If you find yourself in a position where you need to introduce him, address him as The President or The President of the United States.

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7 Responses to Addressing The President of the United States in Conversation

  1. What about when you are speaking about the preseident? Kimberly Dozier (WCBS News) just referred to him in a news story never saying President Obama. She was consistent throughout referring to him as Mr. Obama. Is this correct?

  2. Shannon says:

    I have seen a few different newscasts in which the anchor referred to our President as “Mr. Obama” I do not tihnk I have even heard a President referred to as “Mister” and I am wondering what this is about?

  3. Dustin says:

    Newscasts from England always refer to the U.S. president as Mr. Obama. The U.S. press _should always_ refer to him as President Obama.

  4. David says:

    Recently I asked my local news anchor if it was proper to refer to the siting president as “Mister”. Her response to me was that according to the Associated Press’ Handbook for broadcasters, that is was proper to do so, provided that the first time that they referenced him was as president.

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