Friday, June 19, 2009

Prickly senator throws tantrum over "Ma'am"

Sen. Boxer Offers No Apology for Rebuking Brigadier General Who Called Her 'Ma'am' - Political News - "'You know, do me a favor,' a clearly agitated Boxer said. 'Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?'

'Yes, ma'am,' Walsh replied.

'It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you,' she said.

'Yes, senator,' he answered.

But Walsh was following military protocol, which advises officers to use 'sir' or 'ma'am' when addressing anyone higher than them on the chain of command.."

We have become an apology culture recently. This is some sort of weird ritual that people go through. The media hound people until they issue the formal apology, then the apology police wait for the next offender. Why should she apologize? She has no respect for the military or their rules in the first place, and unlike David Letterman, Boxer doesn't have to worry about sponsors and can't get fired. She's a senator-for-life.


Anonymous said...

Boxer needs to take some time off and lighten up at bit if this bothers her. The general showed respect and that's what counts.

Evan McKenzie said...

Yes--but she is 4 feet 11 inches tall, so like many Munchkins she has some issues about being taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

She may be 4 feet and 11 inches tall, but mentally, she isn't much over six inches. It is pitiful that we have this ilk in the country's legislative branch. Even more pathetic is that there are more Senators of this mentality. The Senate seems to be full of people who think theirs doesn't stink.

Anonymous said...

Putting lipstick on a female pig and addressing it as ‘senator’ rather than “ma’am” would likely agitate a gentle pig familiar and comfortable with the longstanding, polite and respectful tradition of addressing a gentlewoman as “Ma’am.”