Who, Exactly, Does Barbara Boxer Think She Is?

If you haven’t seen this video, have a look and see what you think.

I’m wondering why Barbara Boxer feels the need to interrupt a Brigadier General mid-sentence as he attempts to answer her direct question.

It was nice of the Senator to point out just how hard she’s worked advance her career. She has to attend fund-raising dinners! In high heels! That’s probably much harder than, say, going into harm’s way to protect spoiled, self-absorbed elected officials with delusions of grandeur.

Senator Boxer’s actions make it appear as though she feels she just might possibly be General Walsh’s superior in some way. I’m not sure where she would get an idea like that, since the U.S. Senate is outside the military chain of command. Really, when you get right down to it, the good Senator is just an employee of the people of the State of California, not a member of some super-elite ruling class or…princess.

Of course General Walsh was following military protocol by addressing Senator Boxer as “ma’am.” Various male senators had been addressed throughout the day as “sir,” with no apparent hurt feelings.

From FoxNews.com:

…[Brigadier General Michael] 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.

According to one guide, the Navy and Coast Guard typically use “mister” or “miss” to address officers below the rank of commander, and “sir” or “ma’am,” or a specific title, to address anyone at that rank or higher.

“You can never go wrong by using ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am,’ but it is a nice touch if you can properly address a senior officer,” says the guide, Military Protocol: Uniformed Services. (Read the complete article.)

Regardless of her motivation, this exchange certainly doesn’t reflect poorly on the General. However it reveals Senator Boxer to be small, petty, childish and arrogant. So much for strong, confident women.

Did I already mention delusions of grandeur?

From now on, she’s just plain ol’ Babs to me.

Update: Chuck DeVore is running to unseat Barbara Boxer in 2010. Chuck is a solid conservative. You can help defeat Barbara Boxer by contributing to his campaign.


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10 responses to “Who, Exactly, Does Barbara Boxer Think She Is?

  1. she had to work hard :lying, cheating errr I mean campaigning.

  2. Vote on whether or not you think that Senator Boxer was rude to the General at:


  3. Kat

    Her whole tone is appalling. Condescending. Arrogant. I truly do not understand how my fellow Californians keep sending her back to Congress but they have spoken and apparently this is what they want. What is amazing is that they probably do not get it.

  4. This is yet one more display of the animosity certain types in DC have for the military. While her attitude is disgusting, she’s not alone in her beliefs.

    I wonder if the military understands who their friends really are.

    God Bless the General for his service.

    As for Boxer….
    I won’t desecrate your site with the language necessary to fully express my disdain…

  5. I think most of the washington elite rhink a little highly of themselves

  6. Jerry

    The really funny thing is that Congress is not in the Chain of Command. They appropriate money but they can’t give orders to the military. That starts and ends with the President.

    Still…he should have responded with “Please refer to me as General. I think I earned it”

    Sadly, like so many General’s they think with their careers first.

    ~Former Army Captain

    • paulag1955

      That was my point. By addressing Senator Boxer as “ma’am,” as he would a superior officer, General Walsh was not only acting in accordance with military protocol, he was actually treating her with rather more respect than she might technically be entitled to.

  7. Very arrogant to say the least! She has worked hard alright, working to make sure that Barry’s agenda obtains that false stamp of approval! Let her put on a uniform and face the dangers this General and others have faced, then and only then will she understand, “Service to country and her fellow countrymen.”

  8. Just from the post title, i could that that this would be an intresting post. hehe

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