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POTUS – America's Deadliest PC Acronym - A Tool of Social Programming

Updated on March 27, 2013

Sticks and stones may break bones, but this word can destroy America.

The common place usage of the term Potus is seeping into the everyday language of both parties, the media and the minds of Americans. It is a glaring red flag that the ideal of freedom is being replaced in our national consciousness. Since the inception of politically correct ideology, language, its usage and meanings, have been changing subtly within the collective American mindset. Such slow moving change is akin to the slithering of a viper. Said viper is now coiled at our very door.

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The term “Potus” is an acronym standing for “President of the United States.”

America has elected over 40 presidents since our nation’s inception. I don’t remember ever hearing the acronym applied by the media, or in conversation, before the election of Barack Hussein Obama. Do you?

When did you first start hearing the term "potus" used in everyday conversation?

Did you ever hear the President of the United States called "potus" in routine conversation before the election of Barack Hussien Obama?

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When did this happen?

I first noticed seeing the term in common usage right after Barack Hussein Obama was elected the first time. At that time, I only saw it being used by conservatives and those who were not Obama supporters. Now, I’m seeing the term used by the Left controlled media. How ironic is that?

A term used by the Right to be derogatory is now being used by the Left as a matter of course. Perhaps, that is because while many of us like to call the media stupid, they are far from it. Or, perhaps it would be better stated, those directing the Main Street media are far from stupid. Many of us would concur that the Leftist media got Obama elected and keeps him in the good graces of his common folk supporters. I contend the Left's adoption of said term and their common place usage thereof is making the term part of the national consciousness.

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Just where does this word "potus" come from?

The Online Etymology Dictionary states "potus" comes from the words pot and potion.


"vessel," from late Old English pott and Old French pot, both from a general Low Germanic and Romanic word from Vulgar Latin *pottus, of uncertain origin, said by OED to be unconnected to Late Latin potus "drinking cup" (c.600).


c.1300, from Old French pocion (12c.), from Latin potionem (nominative potio) "potion, a drinking," from potus "drunken," irregular pp. of potare "to drink," from PIE root *po(i)- "to drink" (cf. Sanskrit pati "drinks," panam "beverage;" Greek pinein "to drink," poton "that which one drinks," potos "drinking bout;" Old Church Slavonic piti "to drink," pivo "beverage").

It’s just an acronym. Where’s the harm?

The harm originated in the etymology of the term itself. When we consult the online Etymology Dictionary, we find the term evolved from two words, pot and potion. Hm. Let’s think about that, a pot and a potion, or perhaps, a pot with a potion in it. Following that line of thought, one deducts the Potus must be a vessel containing a potion.

Those of the more liberal persuasion might think this to be an accurate description since many of said group believe that the Potus has the power to bring about change in America, much like a magic potion brings about a desired change. Those of a more conservative nature would agree, to an extent, that the etymology of the word accurately depicts the President, though they feel the “potion” part to be of a much more sinister variety.

Conservatives often call this potion “Obamaid.” Following the ideological framework of the potion being an ideology put forth by the pot, the president, puts one in either the camp of the potion being good or the potion being bad. Sadly, no one is pointing out the fact that “potions” are not the answer.

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Most of what is in the mind lies under the water, out of conscious reach.

The subconscious forgets nothing; neither tone, inflection, nor associated body language are lost.
The subconscious forgets nothing; neither tone, inflection, nor associated body language are lost. | Source

Someone named the President of the United States after a pot and a potion?

While I doubt the first person to use the acronym had etymology in mind when he made that call, it still plays an important role in how the term is perceived on a subconscious level.

Furthermore, while that person some decades back probably thought nothing of it, in our modern political climate much money is thrown behind the research and application of terminology in all areas of politics, from image consulting to the micro-dissection of every demographic group conceivable. Do you really think the Left dominated Main Street media would be, now, affectionately using the term had not they been given the go ahead to do so?

Why on earth would someone do that?

Let's examine how the term has been used in the past before addressing that question.


When did this mess start?

William Safire, writing for the "New York Times" stated the term was not seen in the popular language until very recently. He wrote the acronym was used as a label on one of Nixon's phones, and bandied about by the Secret Service for some time, but not seen in print until 1983. While he does not state it specifically, It important to note that in the print article he speaks of, the acronym was used as a designation of parties involved in a list. It was not used as a means of address. He does state no one would have dreamed of using the acronym as an address to the President during Nixon's time.

Now, let us return to our question...

Science Fiction or prophesy?

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
George Orwell

"Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
George Orwell

Why would anyone allow, dare I say encourage, the Left controlled media to begin using a term adopted by the opposition as an insult?

This has happened many times in our culture.

Examples of words evolving to drastically different meanings than originally intended:

  • Gangster: This word, not so long ago, was considered synonymous with bad guy. Now, it's a term of respect when used by our youth, oftentimes. Variations seen in popular language include gangster want-a-be, original gangster and OG. All have been used in recent times by the mediums of popular culture such as art, music and movies in such a way as to glorify those they are applied to. Notice, what was once considered bad is now by many thought to be good.
  • Bad: The word bad used to mean just that. It referred to something one did not want. For some time now the term has been used in everyday slang to mean just the opposite. For example: "That's a bad ride!"

Do you really really think TV news is not designed for "Adult Public Education" to a large degree?

Or, should I say re-education? Think about it.
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The only authority anyone has is that given by others.

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Playing with fire, or igniting an inferno?

Changing the public mindset of what the idea of the President of the United States means to the people through repeated exposure and manipulation of the word potus is a dangerous game. At least, it is if you value freedom.

The term was originally applied by critics as one that implied an air of dictatorship, an air of being a self proclaimed king. That derogatory stigma was firmly associated with the term before the Left dominated media began using it in a supposed non-derogatory way. Because the subconscious never forgets anything, coupled with the fact that said term has already had negative connotations well established, it has been and will increasingly be implanted in the public mindset as synonymous with our elected leader. All the negative connotations of the word will remain attached, though they may not be consciously perceived as negative by all exposed as the word continues to evolve.

Through repeated exposure the populace is being subtly conditioned to accept those very negative attributes, even expect them, out of our President.


The ABCs of behavior

Antecedent - The critical right begins referring to the President as potus.

Behavior - The Left controlled media is given the go ahead to use the term in everyday language associated with the President.

Consequences -

  • The new application and connotations of the term become embedded within the mindset of the nation.
  • Testing of the limits of what has been traditionally allowed within the authority of the President increased.
  • The President increasingly usurps the Constitution.
  • Drones may kill you in your home on Presidential discretion alone.

All of a sudden

As if the world of address turned upside down overnight, now the Left controlled media is referring to the President of the United States as the potus, or simply potus. Does anyone think they mean it in any way that is remotely derogatory? Only Fox News goes there, and most Main Street Media news viewers know that. So, why?

To contemplate the why of any behavior one must first ascertain the function of said behavior. In this case, the function of the behavior is two fold. First, it gets the title firmly established in the minds of the citizenry. Secondly, since the term comes with negative connotations, said connotations are now more easily tolerated and possibly even expected.

Repeated exposure behaviorally conditions many to be more open to acceptance.

How susceptible do you think you are? Now, think about your children, grandchildren, the kid down the street. See where I'm going here?

"I am King Obama Your Dictator for Life."

What does this mean for our future?

The term "potus", as repeatedly used on a young and largely impressionable, uneducated populace, implies a single leader, a dictator or king, that holds ultimate power over those considered in his/her realm of authority. When the term potus is applied to the President of the United States of America, it sends a subconscious message to us all, a message of subservience, a message that the conclusion is foregone and freedom is a thing of the past.

I do not own nor did I create the video above. It was uploaded to by markhansel1 and I believe him to be the creator.

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What truly is the foundation of freedom?

It is a mindset first and foremost. Without the ideals of freedom being firmly held within the minds of the populace, freedom is doomed. Anything that moves the national mindset away from the ideal of the President of our great nation being anything other than the one elected to represent the people, to defend the Constitution and the nation is as lethal as a viper.


Can you hear the hissing?

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American made by Vix.

Is our government using the media as a tool of social conditioning?

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"In America" by The Charlie Daniels Band

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Behind every King there is a Queen.


"Politics have no relation to morals."

Niccolo Machiavelli

Foot notes... Or, should I say foot-men?

Look at the photo and think about the symbolism.

Do you see an American flag anywhere in the picture? Do you see the colors of America? Do you see anything that stands up and says Presidential? Do you see anything that evokes thoughts of Hollywood movie night? While I wish I could say I spotted the following first, I did not.

The honorable Reverend James David Manning did, to the best of my knowledge. He pointed out that those standing behind the First Lady, while being Secret Service agents, sure don't look it. They look more along the lines of royal guards. I understand they were in no way acknowledged during the presentation, much like royal guards never are.

Think about it.

I do not own, nor did I create the video above. It was uploaded to by pseudohippie55 and I believe said up-loader to be the original creator.

Excerpt from the movie "300"

King and Queen Obama WAY outspent the British Royal Family.

Alex Pappas, writing for "The Daily Caller" stated that Potus and Flotus spent 1.4 BILLION of our tax dollars on vacations last year. He further reported The real Royal Family spent only 57.8 million.

My, my.

I have to wonder if the Obamas aren't experiencing a bit of that syndrome known as keeping up with the Jones'... On our dime. So, while the once poor, currently disbarred attorneys hailing from Chicago live out every child's dream of playing royalty with no expense to themselves, Americans are increasingly being bowed down.

As King Leonidas once said, loosely paraphrased, in the blockbuster movie, "300" ...

"That's a problem."

(c) Vix a.k.a. Rhonda Enrayne



Disclaimer: The above article is my opinion. Did it offend you? One good thing about being offended, it gets folks thinking. Agree or disagree as you chose, but please, think about it.

All images are from unless otherwise attributed.

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This politically correct ideology

is rooted in behavioral psychology.

Pay attention and be most wary.

America, it's getting really scary.


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    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      ~ Knightheart - Thank you for the read and comment. It's a juicy question, that's for sure. While I would not state for sure "the" yet, there can be no doubt the man is anti-Christ. There are so many signs of the AntiChrist that would fit the bill. Interestingly, to the best of my knowledge, he's the first President ever to have his records sealed. Some have argued that the sealing was done just so evidence supporting this question could be covered up. While I'm not willing to assign the title to the man yet, because he has not brought about a false world peace, don't think millions aren't watching for it. There can be no doubt he's paving the way. God bless and keep you :).

    • Knightheart profile image


      4 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      King Obama...Lord help us! Wonder if he is the AntiChrist????

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      ~ Pawpawwrites - I have to wholeheartedly agree on the uninformed and sadly misinformed. The main street media censors and spins to the point of flat out manipulated planned deception. Yellow Journalism looks a child's version of the gossip game compared to these charlatans on the news today.

      God bless and thank you so much for insightful comment.

    • Pawpawwrites profile image


      4 years ago from Kansas

      The minds of the average citizen are very easy to manipulate, because they are so uninformed. Most people will believe what the media conditions them to believe. Well done.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Minnetonka Twin ~ Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. God bless and happiest of hubbing.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub poetvix and really makes you think. I hit many buttons and voted up.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      MJennifer ~ Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Isn't it strange, the common place usage of such terms? I'm laughing to myself as I read your comment about not agreeing with all points. I seldom do either. The Hollywood Royalty phenomenon is highly constructed and created. I have to wonder what will happen to it in light of changes in the industry. Can reality TV pump out enough stars and starlets to keep the trend going? For that matter, will certain politicians take on said role? In past days the stuff of political scandal today was the fodder of soap opera TV. God bless and happiest of hubbing.

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      Marcy J. Miller 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      You know, the term POTUS has bothered me ever since it began to appear. POTUS, FLOTUS, someone save us! Interesting hub with lots of food for thought. Although I'm not with you 100% on some points (heck, if I was, one of us would be redundant, right?) I share many of the same concerns. I find the "American Hollywood Royalty" phenomenon that's occurring really insidious ... and there are a lot of other pretty darned insidious things going on at present as well.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Ben again ~ THIS IS SCARY! Anyone that ever read Revelations knows what this is.

      For everyone else, since Ben obviously is on it, check this link for more information on the rfid chip. This is NOT ALLOWABLE.

      It's worse than branding cattle and they are talking about making it mandatory for all people. Hm. Chips being manditorily implanted for employment purposes. Yea right, hello to mark of the Beast.

      Spread the news, people. This ain't good.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Ben - Thanks for the tip. I will. God bless and happy hubbing.

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      5 years ago

      look up the rfid chip

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      MartieCoetser ~ It's a strange thing to me how the address of the President which has been pretty standard for over 200 years, is now being changed, as are so many other things in our national ideology. I know good comes with bad, but in this case, with this PC ideology, good often looks bad and the reverse. It's enough to make a girl's head spin.

      I so love the baboons comparison. It's a good one. Over here they figuratively are throwing poo at each other, just like real primates, only using words... for now.

      Thanks so much for the visit and the wonderful comment. God bless and happy hubbing for you always!

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Derogatory words/names/comments always cause annoyance. People using them only reveal a lack of communication skills and/or not being able to explain their grievances properly.

      A well-know author and parliamentarian (C.J. Langenhoven) once said during a cabinet meeting in South Africa: "Half of the people in this meeting are baboons." He was requested by the Speaker to take his words back. So he did: "Half of the people in this meeting are not baboons."

      When we look at the social order of baboons, we will understand why the president and leaders of a country are always under attack.

      poetvix, you have explained the acronym 'Potas' and all about it in detail. May the results be positive.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      FitnezzJim ~ I think they have given much thought to this going all the way back to studies done in the 30's. Hm, while I like the sound of QUOTUS for no reason other than it brings up a silly mental image of FLOTUS as a goat because they sound somewhat alike. I fear, however the next acronym will be EOPE... Emperor of planet earth! I too suspect the Latin translation would be interesting... perhaps tyrannical uuber dictator??? But sadly, no. After just checking both result in translations of "unknown." God bless and happy hubbing!

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      5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I never gave a thought to the expression POTUS, but now this write-up makes me wonder. Will POTUS evolve into KOTUS and QOTUS? and what would that mean in Latin, anyway?

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      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Sir Frog ~ Thank you for the time and the comment. Agreed; we are leaderless. We, as in loyal American citizens, but then I have to suspect he leads his own very well or more would be turning on him. Is it hypnosis, drugs, mind-rays, what? i have to suspect it all comes down to the mundane, greed.

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      That's the most thorough analysis I've read lately of an acronym. In the current case the acronym describes a man who has no business being the CEO of this nation. I equate it right now to being leaderless.

      The Frog

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      WillStar ~ You, sir, get the award for biggest smile of the day! That's great.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Billybuc ~ Thank you for making me smile.

      It's a bit childish, I know, but when I first started hearing the word it brought up mental images of old cartoon kings from Disney movies. You know, the over round, over dressed, tipsy ones waving a turkey leg. I think the image comes from "Sleeping Beauty". I'm not really sure. The term is being used more and more by both sides of the TV media and all other forms one can think of. It has to have some effect.

      Thank you so much for the read and your most generous comment. You are one of the most supportive among us and many, many of us love you for it. God bless you bunches and bunches.

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      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      POTUS has been around since the days of LBJ.

      In Latin, it means'drunk"!


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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, I do love your hubs. I don't know what the first guy's problem was...a bit defensive.

      Actually I first heard this acronym on the show The West Wing. They used it quite often during the life of that tv series. Then I didn't hear it again until recently. I have always found it to be a bit odd, referring to our leader that way. Your analysis of it is, as always, well thought-out and emotional and impassioned to the core.

      I will always read your hubs because you are a patriot who cares deeply about this nation. Unlike millions, at least you have an opinion and you are willing to voice it. Keep on keeping on my friend.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The Spectator ~ Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. You're right. Too many of us take what we hear as the gospel without stopping to really think about it, even more so if it comes from a famous figure. In times past, we could somewhat trust the news to at least provide objective facts. That is no longer the case. It seems to me the young especially are susceptible to programming though the subtle evolution of language. God help us.

      Thanks bunches for the read and insightful comment. God bless and happy hubbing.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Dear James, Thank you. A girl always loves to hear someone is listening. You are too kind and I really appreciate it. Mine is often not a popular point of view, especially coming from a female. That's cool.

      Well, it might not be number eight novel, but I know it's not number one for I have read one of yours already. It was compelling. I can't wait to see the website. May your star continue to rise, my friend. God bless and happy hubbing always.

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      Ken Seagle 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      If you're over analyzing -- please continue. Far too many in this country prefer to allow the news media, musicians, athletes, actors and politicians to think for them. We Americans simply adopt their position without analysis. They're popular, and we want our social status to be on the popular side. The average American is a celebrity worshiper. They have ceded their ability to rationalize to others who are famous for looks, media position, voice or acting ability -- anything but logic.

      POTUS is simply another celebrity, in a dangerous (for us) position.

      Good Hub.

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      James W. Nelson 

      5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Closet geek, huh? Well, I take seriously what you say, my friend. You might not have a novel together but you write killer nonfiction, plus I really liked the fiction you were producing in shorts awhile back, where you introduced some of your hubpages friends as characters. You were doing fine with that and I liked your style.

      And now I don't want to mislead you. When I said #8, I meant #8 edit, not #8 novel. During the last 2-3 weeks, with the help of another hubpages friend (Femme [Angelia]) maybe you know her. Anyway, she helped me build a new blog/website Feel free to take a look.

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Dear James,

      Well, in all honesty, I do tend to overanalyze things. However; I posit many things when just glanced over or examined at face value are deceptive when compared to a serious analysis thereof... but that's just me. I'm a closet geek. What can I say?

      I really do wonder if Orwell was more of a prophet than fiction creator, or then perhaps it has become a case of self fulfilling prophesy. If the later is the case, it does not bode well for the current influx into popular culture of everything from violent anime, music and movies to indoctrination curriculum seen increasingly in public schools.

      I'm so impressed. Eight novels? I can't get one together. You go dude! Please, link me up and if you want an Amazon review, you got it. God bless and keep you always, my friend and inspiration.

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      James W. Nelson 

      5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Hi, Poetvix,

      "Over-analyzing, huh? I don't agree. As usual you nail the issue. Until today I had never heard of the acronym POTUS.

      I see you used George Orwell's 1984 a bit. Good analogy, as we are on the verge of seeing 1984 come true, with smart phones in our face and drones overhead.

      My novel continues. I take a week off between each editing. #8 coming up, then one last look for typos.

      Good hub, my friend,

      James W. Nelson

    • poetvix profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      gradeAmerican - i do it too. We all do. As for the over analyzing, you may be right, but if your not...

      If we but look to history we see this has happened with other words before. Thanks for the time and the comment. God bless and happy hubbing.

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      5 years ago

      I use POTUS on twitter because it's shorter than president. Talk about overanalyzing a complete non-issue!


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