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June 19, 2009

Barbara Boxer on display

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Just in case you haven't seen the video of "Senator" Barbara Boxer scolding Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for addressing her with "ma'am," here it is. Reading of the event doesn't tell the full story, you have to see it to get the full flavor of her tackiness:

From Politics:

Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was testifying on the Louisiana coastal restoration process in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He began to answer one of Boxer's questions with "ma'am" when Boxer immediately cut him off.

"You know, do me a favor," an irritated Boxer said. "Could say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?'"

"Yes, ma'am," Walsh interjected.

"It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you," she said.

"Yes, senator," he responded.

YOU DECIDE: Super Sensitive or Right On?

However, Walsh surely meant no disrespect, as military protocol advises that officers may use "sir" or "ma'am" when addressing anybody higher than them on the chain of command.

"We would call them 'sir' or 'ma'am' or 'senator such-and-such'," Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nathan Banks said. Banks said any of those terms would be "appropriate" when addressing a senator.

I'd wager that the general worked a lot harder and made a hell of a lot less money in getting his title than the senator. As for my own reaction to watching the video, it's very similar to Shannon Bell's over at The Admonition:
What a......well you fill in the blank. That right there is the problem with Barbara Boxer and every other useful idiot who goes by the title senator. Like Boxer has any idea about gaining or earning respect, she's an embarrassment and a joke. Kudos to General Walsh for not coming unglued on her, I don't know if I could have been as polite.
The description I'd use to "fill in the blank" would go along the lines of a "disgusting, arrogant, pompous ass," but readers can use their own judgment and tell her what they think here. They can also sign a petition to "tell Senator Boxer our troops deserve more respect."

Posted by Richard at June 19, 2009 7:49 AM

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