Monday, August 01, 2005

Speaker, President, and President Part II

In an earlier post, I complained about the sergeant-at-arms changing protocol for the State of the Union address. First it was, "Mr. Speaker, Mr. President (of the Senate), the President of the United States." Now the President of the Senate is referred to as "Mr. Vice President." It's true that the President of the Senate is also the Veep, but why change something that is not broken?

SwanBlog readers can make a change. Send the following letter (or your own composition) to your senator or representative.


Dear Senator/Representative ______.

I am writing to you on a matter that is important for our country.


Originally the State of the Union address began with the sergeant-at-arms announcing, "Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, the President of the United States." Now the announcement begins, "Mr. Speaker, Mr Vice President, the President of the United States." If this slide away from tradition is allowed to continue, eventually the State of the Union will begin with, "Hey gang, POTUS is here."

Please assist me in bringing back the traditional announcement.

Sincerely, _________.


Once you have done so, let us know in the comment section of this post. Also, post any response that you get. Together, we can bring back tradition.

2 Comments:

Blogger chrisheadrick said...

Uh

I vote for

HEY GANG--POTUS IS HERE!

Sounds like we're being visited by an ancient Greek scholar or god. In fact, I think every President should have their named changed to POTUS, then numbered, like popes. POTUS XXIII and such. Very impressive-sounding.

August 04, 2005 12:04 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

So far, we have McCain, Kyl, Peterson, Sabo, Coleman, Dayton, and
Oberstar. No responses yet.

Is your senator or representative on the list?

August 06, 2005 6:49 AM  

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