Poll: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
Yes, I was familiar with the term, but not sure exactly where I'd heard it.
Yes, I remember hearing that term used to refer to specific upcoming presidents in the past.
Nope, I'd never heard anyone use that term until just this past year.
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05-01-2017, 05:17 PM (This post was last modified: 05-01-2017 05:28 PM by cactus.)
Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
I was not. Either I wasn't paying much attention to politics in '08 (probably), or random people on the street weren't using the term quite as much when referring to Obama (would not surprise me).

2 out of the 5 people I asked said they never would have thought to use that term before 2016. Both were marginally familiar with the term, and the rest were like "Well duh, that's just what it's called." lol

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05-01-2017, 05:27 PM
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
Yes, I though it was common for most previous winners. some examples:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President-...ted_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_...dent-Elect -- Obama
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/12/bush-d29.html -- Bush
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...04223.html -- Clinton (article from 2008)

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05-01-2017, 05:35 PM
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
(05-01-2017 05:17 PM)cactus Wrote:  I was not. Either I wasn't paying much attention to politics in '08 (probably), or random people on the street weren't using the term quite as much when referring to Obama (would not surprise me).

2 out of the 5 people I asked said they never would have thought to use that term before 2016. Both were marginally familiar with the term, and the rest were like "Well duh, that's just what it's called." lol

How old are you.

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05-01-2017, 05:42 PM (This post was last modified: 05-01-2017 05:48 PM by cactus.)
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
^28
I was in college and too busy to pay any attention to politics whatsoever. lol

^^Surprise, Hitchens had a deathbed conversion to Christianity. He will haunt you with Chick Tracts.

Quick Google search in a private tab:
"president-elect" obama - 41,800,000 results
"president-elect" trump - 63,000,000 results

I guess the internet was a pretty different place back then. Either that, or Google's search prioritization includes just dropping results that it deems too outdated. Also, quotation marks in a search string definitely don't work the same way they used to, so who knows how relevant all those results actually are. lol

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05-01-2017, 05:46 PM
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
I was unfamiliar with Trump. Those were the days.

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05-01-2017, 05:50 PM
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
(05-01-2017 05:46 PM)GenesisNemesis Wrote:  I was unfamiliar with Trump. Those were the days.

Someone hasn't been keeping up with The Apprentice, either.
That person would be me
and apparently you

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05-01-2017, 05:56 PM (This post was last modified: 05-01-2017 06:06 PM by Momsurroundedbyboys.)
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
I remember vaguely my dad praising president elect Nixon.

And Ford...

He bitched about Carter.

So yeah I've heard it forever...

But Cactus you're not alone, a friend (pro trump) I guess never heard it before either. She believed, quite wrongly, it was a recent term invented to disparage trump...because ya everything is about him.

When 50 people on fb set her straight and she removed the post.

That said, it's not something that comes up often. Only during the first term (if they go a second they're not president elect again, they're just the president). That's because they're not really president until they're ratified (Electoral College) and they take the oath of office, until then they are called President-Elect meaning they have been elected president.

So it's a term you didn't hear for 8 years and again, since we had two terms of bush...


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05-01-2017, 06:02 PM (This post was last modified: 05-01-2017 06:12 PM by cactus.)
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
According to Google Trends, it was even more common when Obama was about to take office.
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I had some pretty politically involved and/or savvy friends and frenemies back in '08, and I definitely don't remember anyone referring to to Obama as "President Elect Obama." It was just "Obama", or sometimes "Obummer" or "Osama." It makes sense for news outlets to use the term, but just casually calling someone "president elect" in day-to-day conversation? I don't know, it still sounds like just a slightly stilted way to talk. Verily I thus do decree that it still sounds weird to me. lol

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05-01-2017, 06:15 PM
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
President-elect has been around, probably for at least the last century. It might even go back further. People, read some history books goddammit! Jesushchrist!




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05-01-2017, 06:24 PM
RE: Were you familiar with the term "President Elect" before 2016?
Familiar and common term to me.

____-elect is used for people on the way in to any elected office, not just for US President.
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