The President’s Name Plate

President Obama visited FEMA headquarters over the weekend to check out how preparations for Hurricane Irene were going.

Oddly, somebody at FEMA thought it would be a good idea to make a name plate for the President and to place it in front of him as he sat at a conference table.  You see it in the photos that were taken during the President’s visit.  It says “Barack Obama President of the United States.”  I assume it was made by somebody at FEMA because it looks just like the name plates that were made for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA’s administrator.

Doesn’t it seem weird that somebody at FEMA made a name plate for the President of the United States?  President Obama is one of the most well-known figures in the world.  Is it even conceivable that somebody in that room wouldn’t have known who he was if the name plate wasn’t there?

It seems demeaning to put a name plate in front of the President of the United States, like he is just a random guy in  a blue shirt who needs to be identified.  I guess we’re just lucky that someone didn’t stick a “Hi!  My name is Barack” name tag on his shirt pocket.

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