Just when you think Barbara Boxer couldn’t get any more small minded or petty, then stories like this come out. During hearings yesterday regarding the New Orleans levee situation, Brigadier General Michael Walsh repeatedly answered questions with a “yes ma’am” or “no ma’am”. At some point Ms. Boxer stopped him and said “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.” Of course, anyone knows military personnel know that they are conditioned to respond with “yes sir/ma’am” and by doing so they are showing respect.
Seems to me you have to be highly insecure or a complete douche to say something like this. I know a few lawyers who insist that you add the Esq. when you send them a letter or correspondence, which I find highly dubious. I’m sure we’ve all known that professor or doctor who insists on being called “Dr. So and So” but at least they really have earned something. Respect is something that must be earned, and Boxer has done nothing to earn her title except dupe a few weak minded Californians to vote for her. It is also somewhat ironic that she is chastising a man who has worked very hard to get his title and she doesn’t seem to show any respect for him by calling him General. Of course her contempt for the military is well known, so I’m not surprised.