The suffix “-bot” (for"robot") is often added after a politician’s name to show deluded, robot-like followers. For the 2007-2008 U.S. presidential campaign, followers of Ron Paul were sometimes called “Paulbots” and followers of Barack Obama were sometimes called “Obamabots” or “O-bots.”
The “-bot” suffix in politics dates to at least October 1992, when listeners of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh were called “Limbots.” A December 1992 post used the terms “Clintonbot” (after Bill Clinton). “Gorebot” (after Al Gore) and “Dembot” (after Democrat, probably with a nod to the older term “fembot"). To be called a political “-bot” is usually derogatory.
Freedom and personal liberty loving online supporters of Ron Paul were given this name by close-minded individuals who only follow main-stream media’s propaganda and lies. The close-minded refuse to believe that Ron Paul has more support than landline phone polls reflect, and therefore any online entity that supports Ron Paul must be a ‘bot’. Fortunately for America there are millions of people who support the only hope for America’s future, Ron Paul.
by V3n0M Sep 26, 2007
A person who supports Obama and is willing to vote for him but doesn’t know a thing about him.
by madmik1 Feb 4, 2008
One who blindly supports the policies of President Barrack Obama.
The millions of glassey eyed Obama supporters called OBOTS who walk the earth chanting “Yes We Can”!
by Poorme Jul 16, 2009
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From: (David E Joslin)
Date: 31 Oct 92 04:29:24 GMT
Local: Fri, Oct 30 1992 11:29 pm
Subject: Logic for Limbots (Was: If character isn’t an issue)
A lot of Limbots seem to have trouble with this tricky “if/then” construction, so let’s try to make this very, very simple.
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From: (Robert F. Alexander)
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1992 08:15:35 GMT
Local: Tues, Dec 15 1992 3:15 am
Subject: Re: Prediction: Limbaugh had hit his peak; He will soon fade out
So what are you...A Clintonbot...A Gorebot....a Dembot or just a stupid shit with too much time on your hands?
Google Groups: alt.politics.clinton
From: (LARRY NEWLIN)
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1993 04:50:52 GMT
Local: Wed, Nov 24 1993 11:50 pm
Subject: Libbots & Limbots
-> > Just another example of Limbots not being able to make a point themselve
-> > Didn’t Rush mention this just the other night on his show?
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Followup-To: alt.fan.rush-limbaugh, talk.politics.drugs
From: (Dale M. Greer)
Date: 23 Feb 1994 22:46:24 GMT
Local: Wed, Feb 23 1994 5:46 pm
Subject: Re: Drug War, Dittoheads, and Limbots
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Local: Sun, Jul 15 2007 5:58 am
Subject: Truther Interviews Ron Paul
Sigh....it’s sad how gullible you truthers and Paulbots are.
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From: His Divine Shadow
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 13:33:35 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Jun 22 2008 3:33 pm
Subject: Re: Hey, you fucking Obamabots!
Obamabots. That’s funny as hell.
Google Groups: alt.fan.rush-limbaugh
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 03:28:42 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Mon, Aug 11 2008 5:28 am
Subject: March of the Obots
August 11, 2008
March of the Obots
By James Lewis
“This is what we do. Just walkin’ the halls all day, baby. F-k class, that s-t’s for clowns man. [Laughter from his friends] We don’t go to class ‘round here. Man, f-k academics. That ain’t me, dawg. Academics, we gonna leave that to them nerd-ass mahf-kers. We gon’ keep s-t straight hood up in here.” —From the HBO documentary, Hard Times at Douglass High. quoted by Sonny Bunch in the Weekly Standard
My son-in-law is an Obot. I’m sorry, that’s the kindest thing I can say. A specimen of his thinking is this: He likes Barack Obama because Hillary is just too white.
Boston (MA) Globe
How one word developed a split personality
August 21, 2011|By Erin McKean
TO ME, ONE of the best things about being an English speaker is affixes - those little additions before or after the root of a word that can transform its meaning.
When -bot words do turn unfriendly, they emphasize the knee-jerk automaticity of what’s being done, and so are often political. There are Obamabots and Randbots; Romneybots, Republibots, and Dembots, Conserva-bots, Bushbots, Palinbots, Paulbots (Ron Paul enthusiasts), and Limbots (followers of Rush Limbaugh).
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