Senator Boxer was so upset by a Brigadeer General who replied to her as “ma’am” that she requested he call her “senator”. She apparently does not understand that the military use “ma’am” and “sir” as terms of respect to an authority. If Boxer had been a man, the General would have been using “sir”.
In trying to make it appear that the General was being rude, she actually showed her ignorance of military protocol. That doesn’t surprise me. No one in the Obama administration nor most Democrats understand how important the military is to our safety. And, they certainly do not respect our armed forces nor are they willing to financially support their missions!
During a terse exchange, as Boxer pressed Walsh on why the levees in New Orleans are still not repaired nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina, she said to Walsh:
“Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am? It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I’d appreciate it.”
The general’s response? “Yes, Senator.”
The blogosphere exploded with reaction following the senator’s comments, with some arguing the senator deserves to be addressed by the title she’s earned through three Senate elections, and others saying it’s the general who deserves a little more respect.