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  •  The First Lady Is Just That, A Lady (14+ / 0-)

    And until we elect a women, that will always be the case. At least in the family I was raised in you don't ever disrespect a women. Political party does not matter. You just treat people, and women, with respect.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:54:57 AM PST

    •  Madam President's First Lady would be her Mom (2+ / 0-)
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      I think Miss Manners had a column about that some years ago, the main point being that the role of President trumps gender identity.   So a woman President in need of someone to fill the ceremonial role of hostess would delegate that to her protocol chief or social secretary if her mother wasn't available or didn't wish to do that.    Presumably a lesbian President's wife would be First Lady.  So what happens when the President is a married gay man?

      Since ex-Presidents are called "President" as a courtesy, two President Clintons would be confusing.  Mrs. Rodham is long gone, so would that make their daughter the First Lady?  

      In my culture, a living mother always takes precedence, even over the Son of Heaven, so if I were President, my mother would be the President-Mother and I would just get to do photo ops and sign things with her OK.   The First Cat would sit in the Oval Office all day.

      "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

      by LucyandByron on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:31:55 PM PST

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      •  How so? (0+ / 0-)
        ...two President Clintons would be confusing.
        Handle it the same way as the Bushes - Clinton 42 and Clinton 45.

        You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

        by PSzymeczek on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:20:53 PM PST

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      •  Miss Manners (0+ / 0-)

        If you're going to go with Miss Manners' recommendation, former presidents should not be referenced with the "President" honorific or addressed as "Mr. President".  There is only one, and former presidents revert to a previous title (i.e., Gov. Carter, Mr. Bush, Gov. Clinton, and Gov. Bush).

    •  Sorry, that's a dumb rule. (0+ / 0-)

      If some men deserve disrespect, then some women certainly do as well. To say otherwise is the definition of sexism IMO.

      Women in politics don't get a magic shield.

      It is more important to be a confident and articulate speaker than to know jack shit about anything.

      by VictorLaszlo on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:14:05 PM PST

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