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April 02, 2012

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Well using google I came across this transcript of a debate with Kerry referring to Bush as "this president" in 2004: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/debatereferee/debate_1013.html

I suspect what you are noticing is the tone rather than the words. Nowadays "this President" as a phrase is almost spat out (and may be used more often) whereas before it was spoken in a more or less respectful or normal tone. There seems to be a difference in how the words are stressed nowadays than in the past.

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