Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 6170 posts, RR: 30 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2930 times:
Seeing that the US mid-term elections have been in the news, they got me thinking. Since the polls put her ratings at 29%, Barack Obama's at 22% and John Edwards' at 10%, it looks like Hillary is the clear front-runner.
So, if this week's trend is maintained, it's not unreasonable to assume she might be the next president of the United States.
In that case, how would she be addressed? At the moment it's Mr President. Hardly Mrs President, as that is a loaded term and feminists surely wouldn't stand for it. So what about Ms President? Would that be a runner? There's something odd about it. Or Madam President? Or is that too French?
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2904 times:
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 2):
Never say never. Who would have thought that a black would be second in the running for 2008 five years ago?
Edited my post, maybe never but not very likely. HEHE..
No but America is moving forward, many things have changed, things are continuing to change and I honestly expect great things in the future of this great country. For those of you who are Americans, despite all the drama and hate these days for the US, I think it cannot be contested that the USA is the most influencial country in the world. God bless yall...
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2885 times:
No it didn't. But I guess, people voted who they thought was the lesser of two evils. Just like last week, it's not that the Democrats won per se. It's that the Republicans lost.
If we are to ever truly hope to move this country forward and at least attempt to make an attempt at some sort of reconcilitory unity, I don't believe that playing up to the race and gender card is the way to do it.
More to the point: "Here is our first Black Woman President" is going to get nowhere near as much respect as, for instance: "Here is the first president to capture the Electoral AND Popular vote of all 50 States and made further history by happening to be a Black man!!"
Usually informally, as Mary Robinson, or formally, President Robinson. And, of course, we have another woman president, Mary McAleese now. But the role of the Irish president, like the German one, is largely ceremonial, so addressing her is probably best confined to her name, Mary McAleese: simple and egalitarian. As befits a simple nation!
Interestingly, the national Newspaper of Record, The Irish Times, appointed a female editor for the first time about two years ago. Up to this, all the letters therein were addressed "Sir". Since her appointment, that was changed to "Madam".