California Democrat US Senator Boxer Scolds Army Brigadier General Michael Walsh for Calling her Ma’am, Not Senator
Barbara Boxer has a John Kerry moment … Don’t You know who I am General! Talk about a head trip and what is wrong with politicians.
TESTY, TESTY, TESTY … Seems that Senator Barbara Boxer is more concerned with titles than she is doing the work of “We the People”. Just to remind everyone, because if we don’t, Barbara Boxer will … she is a US Senator.
Talk about out of touch and too concerned with one’s own status. Barbara Boxer scolded a Brigadier General during a Senate Committee meeting on Environment and Public Works discussing the restoration of the levee system following the damage from Hurricane Katrina. That is correct. Ever wonder why and how we have a “do nothing” political system? These people are more concerned about themselves than “We the People”. They are more concerned about how they are addressed than the subject matter at hand. Could Boxer be any more small minded or petty?
California Senator Barbara Boxer is a Senator. And if you don’t acknowledge it, she’ll demand you acknowledge it. Even if you’re a General in the United States Army.
Brigadier General Michael Walsh appeared before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works yesterday to discuss the restoration process of the New Orleans’ levee system due to the damage created by Hurricane Katrina.
With the approval ratings of Congress and Senators these days, one would think that they would want to be addressed as anything but by their titles. Get a load of the back and forth discussion between the General and Boxer. One might want to remind Boxer that RESPECT is a two way street and so is CLASS. Oh by the way, as stated by Hot Air, when Brigadier General Michael Walsh addressed the male Senators at the meeting, he referred to them as “SIR.”
Absolutely. But what got her most rankled was when she wasn’t addressed properly. It seems that “ma’am” — a term deemed appropriate by a Military Protocol guide — isn’t good enough for the senator. She demands the title “Senator”. So much so that she interrupted his testimony to scold him for the apparent lack of respect.
Respect my authority
When beginning to address one of her questions, Boxer Senator Boxer immediately cut him off to correct him.
“You know, do me a favor,” Boxer Senator Boxer demanded. “Could say ’senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’”
“Yes, ma’am,” Walsh answered.
“It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you,” Boxer Senator Boxer continued.
“Yes, senator,” he said.
BTW Babs, RESPECT is a two way street and I would tend to believe that attaining the rank of Brigadier General commands a bit better treatment than that of a Senator.
As News Busters states, the General was addressing the senator in a manner prescribed by protocol, as doubtless he’d been previously instructed on the proper protocol for U.S. Senate testimony.
From Don Surber, What Gomer Pyle could teach Sen. Boxer … bravo.