Don't Call Me Ma'am: Senator Boxer

California law maker bristles at general's greeting

By Owen Thomas
|  Monday, Jun 22, 2009  |  Updated 8:28 AM PDT
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Don't Call Me Ma'am: Senator Boxer

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) would prefer to be called "Senator," thank you.

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Brigadier General Michael Walsh, a top-ranking officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, is a veteran of the Iraq war. But he's never been fired on like this.

Don't call me ma'am, Senator Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) barked at him as he started to explain delays in repairs to New Orleans's levee system.

"Do me a favor," she continued. "Could you call me 'Senator' instead of 'ma'am'? It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you."

The Hot Air blog points out that Walsh had addressed Senator David Vitter as "sir," not "Senator," in the same hearing.

What do you think? Is Boxer being oversensitive? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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