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Entry from July 22, 2011
Dear Leader

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il has been called “Dear Leader Comrade” (Chinaehanun Jidoja Tongji) since the end of the 1960s. The title of “Dear Leader” has also been applied—not endearingly—to the American presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama by those who believe that they are dictators who demand blind allegiance (similar to Kim Jong-il). 

George W. Bush has been called “Dear Leader” since at least March 2003 and Barack Obama has been called “Dear Leader” since at least September 2008 (before he was elected president). The term “Dear Leader” can be applied to any autocratic leader, not just the leader of a country.

A similar derogatory expression for a chief executive is “El Presidente” (indicating a banana republic dictator).


Wikipedia: Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il, also written as Kim Jong Il, born 16 February 1941 (Soviet records) or 16 February 1942 (North Korean records), is the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). He is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the ruling party since 1948, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, the fourth largest standing army in the world. In April 2009, North Korea’s constitution was amended and now implicitly refers to him as the “Supreme Leader”. He is also referred to as the “Dear Leader”, “our Father”, “the General” and “Generalissimo”. His son Kim Jong-un was promoted to a senior position in the ruling Worker’s Party and is heir apparent.

Urban Dictionary
dear leader
Proper noun. Personal epithet associated with either of two autocratic heads-of-state: Kim Jong-Il (N. Korea) or George W. Bush (United States).
(...)
by Carl Willis Jun 10, 2006

Dear Leader
Barack Hussein Obama aka
The One—The Chosen One
The Messiah—POTUS

13 June 1985, New York (NY) Times, “In North Korea: Polemics of Past Discarded” by John F. Burns, pg. A14:
A Filial Reverence
Mr. Kim is referred to ubiquitously as “the great leader” and his son as “the dear leader,” and all the country’s accomplishments, down to details of agricultural and archeological work are attributed to the “on the spot guidance” the two Kims have given during tours of the country.

Google Books
North Korea Through the Looking Glass
By Kong Dan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig
Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press
2000
Pg. 229:
Early in his political career (by the end of the 1960s), Kim Jong II was referred to as “Dear Leader Comrade” (Chinaehanun Jidoja Tongji).

GoogleGroups: austin.general
Newsgroups: austin.general
From: (bob)
Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 05:37:01 GMT
Local: Fri, Mar 7 2003 12:37 am
Subject: Re: Bush Delares War - America Surrenders!

Please do not be so disrespectful to Dear Leader. You’re warned.

Google Books
Kim Jong-il: North Korea’s Dear Leader
By Michael Breen
Chichester: Wiley
2004
Pg. 7:
And it is also why Kin Jong-il became known as the “Dear Leader” (chinae-haneun jidoja).

For outsiders, the Dear Leader title is laughable.

Google Groups: alt.society.liberalism
Newsgroups: alt.society.liberalism, talk.politics.misc, alt.fan.rush-limbaugh
From: “Barbi”
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 04:24:21 GMT
Local: Thurs, Feb 19 2004 11:24 pm
Subject: Bush, Our Dear Leader

http://templeofgwbush.blogspot.com/
Come to Bush for Salvation!

Google Books
Human Remolding in North Korea:
A social history of education

By Hyung-chan Kim and Dong-kyu Kim
Lanham, MD: University Press of America
2005.
Pg. 158:
He was called by the party and government officials as chinae haneun jidoja, or the dear leader, who possesses a profound understanding of Juche ideology developed by his father, boundless knowledge in theories for effective socialist revolution, and methods for putting these theories into practice for the sake of people.

OCLC WorldCat record
Great leader, dear leader : demystifying North Korea under the Kim clan
Author: Bertil Lintner
Publisher: Chiang Mai : Silkworm books, 2005.

Start Thinking Right
This entry was posted on September 30, 2008 at 11:41 am
Children Sing Praises To Dear Leader Obama
By Michael Eden
In North Korea, Kim Jung Il has led his nation to disaster.
(...)
I imagine that many North Korean children sing praises to their Dear Leader.

And many children are singing the praises of our Dear Leader, as well.

Michelle Malkin
Obama TV: Dear Leader’s infomercial
By Michelle Malkin • October 29, 2008 08:00 PM
Higher purpose…blahblahblah…Change We Need…blahblahblah…Every American must play a role…Take care of one another…blahblahblah…

Just doing a little pre-liveblogging of the Obama-mercial, which begins in just a few minutes.

Google Books
That’s No Angry Mob, That’s My Mom:
Team Obama’s Assault on Tea-Party, Talk-Radio Americans

By Michael Graham
Washington, DC: Regnery Pub. ; New York : Distributed to the trade by Perseus Distribution
2010
Pg. 106:
When our Dear Leader was sworn in as president on January 20, 2009, it was supposed to herald an era of government by acclamation.

Pajamas Media
‘Host Your Own Dear Leader Birthday Bash!’
July 22, 2011 - 1:57 pm - by Ed Driscoll

People’s Blog
Aug 4 Is Dear Leader’s Birthday; You Will Celebrate!
Opiate of the People
7/22/2011, 6:55 pm
Comrades, in accordance with current official suggested guidance regarding manadantory procedures, I hereby invite all of you to my 50th Birthday Bash In Honor of Dear Leader Obama’s 50th Birthday at Which Time He Will Turn 50!

Posted by Barry Popik
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