What We Call Our Presidents
A couple of weeks ago at the Soul Train awards, actor Jaime Foxx referred to President Obama as, “Our Lord and Savior.” This is quite striking, and another example of the cult–like fanaticism Obama supporters have for him. Obviously this is a person speaking on pure emotion; a reasoned thinker would clearly have this president described with both feet firmly on the planet. This is especially true when looking at the devastating impact Obama’s presidency has had specifically on the black community. For example, nearly four years into his term, black unemployment hovers around 14 percent while white unemployment is just shy of 7 percent.
To answer this, we only have to look at our first president, George Washington. Still reeling from being ruled by King George III, Washington knew that every action he took as president was setting the stage for future presidents, as well as protocol for citizens to follow. To put it in Washington’s own words he was, “walking on untrodden ground.”
At this point in our country’s short history, everything was still being built from the ground up including how to refer to the president. Washington biographer Joseph Ellis addressed this in his book, His Excellency. In it, he points out that great thought was put into how we address the president today. One of the official titles initially given to Washington was, “His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties.” The founders, including James Madison, rightly thought this title sounded too much like a Monarch’s title. Against John Adam’s wishes, the title was later changed to “Mr. President,” even though Adams thought this title was too “pedestrian.”
This even extended to the First Ladies. Martha Washington was referred to as Lady Washington, but by the 1850s the title for the spouse of the president was changed to First Lady. Lady was initially a title given to nobility.
So does this matter? Yes! Words and titles do mean something. America is not a monarchy. The president’s title is pedestrian by design. Gone are the days where people are subjects of the Lords ruling over them. The office of the president is there to serve at the privilege of the people, not the other way around. Furthermore, isn’t it a little ironic that those who have acted the most overtly to trample on religion should be described in such a manner?
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