The AP has announced that with the new President will come new style rules for referring to Presidents and other heads of state. Per today’s release:
The Associated Press is adopting a universal style for referring to all heads of state, including the United States. Effective Thursday at 3 a.m. EST, the AP will use the title and first and family names on first reference: President George W. Bush, not just President Bush; President-elect Barack Obama, not just President-elect Obama; President Nicolas Sarkozy, not just President Sarkozy.
You get the picture. No doubt someone in the GOP was hoping for the whole shebang; namely that on first reference Obama would be President-elect Barack Hussein Obama, which come to think of it would be pretty awesome.
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