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Is anyone else tired of the term “Folks” that Obama and now the news uses instea

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    Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago

    Obama constantly says things like “Folks want answers” and it almost seems degrading.  Maybe it is just me.

    1. Repairguy47 profile image61
      Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Us common folks should be happy he acknowledges us at all.

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        Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah us "folks' with our banjos I guess are lucky haha.....

    2. John Holden profile image60
      John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Does he really say "folks want answers". He should be shot. Folk want answers is more correct.

      It's perfectly correct and proper, what would you rather, Lords and Ladies?

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        Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        He could call me Sir and that would be fine......

        1. John Holden profile image60
          John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          He may well do face to face, but folk is a collective noun, a nicer way of saying "you people".

    3. lady_love158 profile image61
      lady_love158posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It works for Oreilly so I guess Obama thought he'd steal it. He's never himself right? He's Lincoln, or FDR, or Kennedy, or Regan, but he's never just Obama.

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        Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        you are so right...I find it hard to follow a "leader" who changes direction every day....but then again he is a socialist so what do we expect!

    4. mio cid profile image63
      mio cidposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I guess in these verbally dangerous times the use of the term folks may be seen as  a term not in danger of offending anyone.therefore the use by Obama and the media.don't forget every single group of people are very sensitive these days, both in the right and the left.the righties constantly mock the lefties for being political correctness fanatics but god forbid any of their groups are refered to as something they don't like they go ballistic too.

      1. Repairguy47 profile image61
        Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I don't see anybody going ballistic. Maybe he uses the term because he thinks we will see he is one of us. But he ain't.

        1. Randy Godwin profile image92
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'll bet he doesn't want to be one of y'all!  lol

          1. Repairguy47 profile image61
            Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I'm sure he doesn't so he should quit the charade. Thinks for making it so easy.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image92
              Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              No problem.  Many of us don't want to be like you guys either.  smile  Shocking, I know.  smile

              1. Repairguy47 profile image61
                Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

                What exactly is like us? Hardworking Americans? Peons? Whatever do you mean?

                1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                  Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Well, this whole silly stink about the POTUS using the word "folks".  Big deal dude!  Personally, it seems good to have a president who doesn't butcher the language like the last Texan to sit in the Oval office.  Seriously, have you ever sat down and read the "Bushisms" made famous by your state's favorite son?

                  You should like Obama using the "folks" word.  It's kinda "Uncle Tomish" or perhaps even "Uncle Remuslike" in a way.  You should enjoy that image in your mind.  lol

                  1. Repairguy47 profile image61
                    Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    You are quite the provocateur, it appears you may be jealous of Texas. I mean the last President from Georgia was quite the peach. Oh well, I feel for you.

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            Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            well I would much rather have a Texan than a socialist........

            1. Randy Godwin profile image92
              Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Hmmmm.  Another Palin supporter I'd wager.  Didja?  lol

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                Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                I dont support anyone but I do support the principals this nation was founded on being a free market

      2. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
        Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        why do we need socialism here?

        1. Randy Godwin profile image92
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I don't know!  We should do away with schools, roads, social security, health care, etc.  smile

          1. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
            Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            before socialism did we have not schools, roads, etc?

            1. Randy Godwin profile image92
              Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Sort of.  One room log cabins, one lane muddy, bumpy, roads.  No school text books to speak of either.  One teacher for all ages of children, no school buses to transport children to the-I hesitate to use the word-schoolhouse, no free vaccinations to prevent many diseases in children, who otherwise would not have access to them.

              However, if you happened to be wealthy your children would have the best private tutors to ensure they would always be above the common, poorly educated, riffraff.

              Can you imagine everyone freely volunteering to give money to build a bridge over a river on the land of another citizen?  Especially if they had land nearby and wanted the bridge themselves for its commercial location.

              Also, what if the guy on the other side of the river didn't want a bridge or road going through his property?  We have to have a certain amount of socialism, in our lives because with our present population, people being social to one another is not a given. smile

              1. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
                Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                This is really cr. Randy. Today our children are indoctrinated by Marxism. Home schooling are doing well, better than average. Before socialism was here I came to this country escaped from socialism. You would see the difference. Best universities and scientific progress came from free America. It was not socialism. You are mixing things.

                1. John Holden profile image60
                  John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  You're really that old that you arrived in the US before state education!

                  Well done sir, I hope I make it to be a centenarian.

                  1. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
                    Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    No Sir, John, I came here in 1967. But I see changes to Marxism. I have State Board of Marxism-Leninism in Soviet block. I know what I am talking about, many of you don't.

                  2. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
                    Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    John, I am not talking, not having government at all, but not socialistic one.

              2. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
                Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Randy you must be tired. Your thinking is not right. I came to this country 45 years ago. The country was united. There were schools, my wife was volunteer until my kids graduated and after. But socialists were very obscured, invisible. Then they started show up. After Soviets collapsed communistic magazine increased as well as membership. Democrats in gov. started showing there horns. Control started. Regulations killed everything. Factories were leaving out. Only medical could not go out. Then heavy regulations came.  I will tell you what. Medicate I billed  circa $1400 for care of 7 patients. They send me two checks five cents each. I did frame it.  Calls, letters nothing helped. Now you should read Obamacare. If one is old has not chance to treat cancer. Now you judge.

                1. John Holden profile image60
                  John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Ah, 45 years ago - the golden age when a naked virgin clutching a bag of gold could wander the country entirely unmolested!

                  Wasn't segregation still a fairly strong feature of American life in the 60s?

                  1. lovemychris profile image80
                    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Oh yeah.
                    Racism was rampant, and still is.

                    You can see it now with the election of a half-black man as president.

                    All of a sudden, saying "folks" is a means of degradation and superiority?

                    Give me a friggin break. If a white guy said it, you'd be fine. Bush was a "folksy" kind of guy.....what counts for the change of heart?

                    You just can't relate to a black dude, huh?

                    And REALLY hate that he's in charge! In MY Opinion.

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      Old Empresarioposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The intelligent people find it condescending. The stupid people eat it up.

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        Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you! Very true!

    6. Momiam Too profile image59
      Momiam Tooposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Wow...I never thought of the word "folks" as degrading - only friendly and all-encompassing. And I'm from NY. Wonder what a north/south poll would say. People who see it as degrading need to lighten up and get out more. They may be a wee-bit close-minded.

      1. TamCor profile image80
        TamCorposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        That's an interesting thought...the North/South idea.

        I'm from the north, too.  Ohio smile

  2. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    Wow!  I wasn't aware using the term "folks" was a bad thing.  But then, I do play the banjo.  I think it's better than calling some "folks" what they really are.  smile

    1. Repairguy47 profile image61
      Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      People?

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        In some cases.  What's wrong with using the term "folks"?  Do you consider it a slur on your genteel lifestyle?  smile

        Really, I would like to hear why it's so bad.

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          Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          do you think calling Obama Mr. Obama instead of President Obama is bad?

          1. John Holden profile image60
            John Holdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            What's the connection?

            Folk is a collective term and could include Obama with no disrespect. Mr President is a specific title and one used in formal situations, I doubt if he would feel at all slighted if in a face to face conversation you called him "Mr".

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              Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Professionalism.........Like I said it may just be me but I hate the way everyone in the media seems to use the term since he started using it.  I do not think he means to insult us or anything like that by saying it.

          2. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Not when he isn't president.  roll

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          Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I do n ot take it as an insult but in a sense it does begin to sound like the American People are being Trivialized....plus I just find it annoying...it doesnt sound professional to use it all the time.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Is this merely your opinion or do you have something else to back up your viewpoint?

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              Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              just merely my opinion......but thank you for the feedback!

              1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                No problem.  You seem like good folks.  smile

        3. Repairguy47 profile image61
          Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I didn't say it was bad. Its just another word disingenuously used by an arrogant elitist.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            What about his socks?  I think they're cotton.. Do you think he's betraying the ancestral Slaves of black American citizens by wearing them?


                               He called us folks!Unpatriotic!!!
                                  He wears cotton socks too! Commie!!

            1. Repairguy47 profile image61
              Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I don't think they are cotton. Stalemate.

              1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Wrong!  Cotton Fruit of the loom basic black, size-Large, with cushioned heel and toe.  Comes in packs of 6 with the POTUS emblem embroidered into the elasticized top.  Built in odor protection for long briefings in the Oval Office.     


                Check and mate!

                1. Repairguy47 profile image61
                  Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Link please.

                  1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    I'm sorry, you are obviously not a fan of the POTUS and therefore not allowed to view this very sensitive information in its entirety.  I'm afraid you'll have to take my word for it. 

                    Rest assured, this information WILL eventually be released to the public complete with all sources included.  In the meantime, if you must think he wears polyester socks, then so be it.  I understand.  smile

  3. TMMason profile image73
    TMMasonposted 5 years ago

    Wow... you all sound like a bunch of folks who cling to your god, guns, and antipathy.

    Folks want to know if you all are from PA by any chance?

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      Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Well I do cling to my Gun and my belief in God........

      1. Repairguy47 profile image61
        Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I just cling to my gun, God does just fine on his own.

    2. handymanbill profile image62
      handymanbillposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hey whats wrong with Pa.  We are folks too. I hate being called Folks. It sounds like his Harvard Education has taught him well.

  4. TMMason profile image73
    TMMasonposted 5 years ago

    Right there with ya guys.

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    dkk312posted 5 years ago

    Maybe he used to enjoy Porky Pig as a child. That's all folks!

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      Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      haha nice one!!!

  6. Shadesbreath profile image89
    Shadesbreathposted 5 years ago

    It all depends on whether you are looking for reasons to be offended.

  7. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    I much prefer it to the constant harangue of the righty's: "The American People".....then proceed to tell you what the American People want.
    They don't speak for me...talk about arrogant!

  8. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 5 years ago

    I've used the term "folks" for a few decades now... what's wrong with it?

    1. ThoughtSandwiches profile image85
      ThoughtSandwichesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not tired of him saying "folks."  I'm tired of the constant inane chattering that seems to occur after he says anything.  Hey...we get it...you don't like him.  I heard he bought a pair of socks the other day.  How dare he?

    2. Shadesbreath profile image89
      Shadesbreathposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      What's wrong with it is that Obama said it. It's clear that he meant it in the most demeaning, degrading way possible, and he speaks it each time with absolute venom in his heart as he thinks hateful thoughts about all Republicans and all white people as part of his secret plot to destroy America and turn it over to the Muslims as part of the new and glorious Caliphate. Didn't you know?

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        You said it!  I wonder why they ever voted for him in the first place!  lol

        1. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
          Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          They did not home work.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Nor home school either.  lol

  9. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    I kind of like "folks".  (I'm guilty of using it.)  It's better than "you guys", and certainly better than "you people", and it's a little less "generic" and "cold" than "people".  "People" almost seems like, "What is there besides people - animals?"  "The American people" is really over-used, but even "Americans" can sound kind of generic or over-used.  Anyway, even as someone who tends to go for the "conventional" words, I kind of like "folks".

    (It strikes me funny that some of you folks on here don't like it.   big_smile )

    1. Randy Godwin profile image92
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Perhaps calling folks "Hombres" would please our friends in the southwest more.  Or, Amigos might do it.  Didn't Dubya use this title of affection a time or two?  smile

      1. Lisa HW profile image81
        Lisa HWposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I realize I may not like "folks" if it's used by people who'd use other language "in keeping" with "folks".  I only like it when it's otherwise out of "language style" for the person.  It changes its meaning somehow.   There's never really any excuse for an American president to use "amigos" IMHO.  lol  Somehow, to me, "folks" would be too folksy if used by someone as part of an overall folksy style of speaking.  If used by someone who generally has a more formal way of speaking it seems friendlier than "all formal/all the time".  hmm

      2. Repairguy47 profile image61
        Repairguy47posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        He probably did but he isn't from the southwest. I have never used the term Hombres or amigo and would assume you were trying to sell me a used car if you did. I always feel like Obama is trying to sell a pinto and pass it off as a Ferrari.

      3. Vladimir Uhri profile image59
        Vladimir Uhriposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Randy I love it.

  10. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 5 years ago

    ......counting, one two three........
    report report report report report report report

  11. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago

    ...the american prez says what??????????....oh my, oh my

    ...i sense truble.....

    ...and the news folk are repeating it too?...what's next?

    ....oh oh..... the US constitution...."we the folk..."

  12. TamCor profile image80
    TamCorposted 5 years ago

    I have no problem at all hearing the word "folks" when the president uses it--I get so sick of hearing "The American People" that I heartily welcome the change, lol.

    But I wish everyone would stop saying that if you disagree with something the president says or does that you are racist...it's getting so old...

    There are lots of things that I don't agree with the President Obama about, but it has NOTHING to do with what he looks like, and I know that other "folks" feel the same way that I do. smile

 
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