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    Whatshisname

    OK, let's say Hillary Clinton gets elected president in 2008, hopefully this time with a clear popular majority (unlike another election I remember and get the chills when recollecting: it's long past time to remove the accreditation of that particular "college"; but such matters are for another thread).

    When sworn in, how would we refer to her husband? With all the male presidents, the wife was always the First Lady. Would we then refer to Bill as the First Lord?

    BTW, I know that he's still called (former) President Clinton, but, just for the sake of this discussion, let's assume he was never elected to any post.

    So, given the above, what would we call him (except not late for dinner)?


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    First Gentleman?

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    The "First Lady" designation could equate to "First Gentleman", via the traditional "Ladies and Gentlemen..." intro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Supreme Canuck View Post
    First Gentleman?
    That makes sense. But, man, it sounds kind of awkward.
    Snotty sounding official at some international conference:

    May I present the President of the United States and the First Gentleman.
    Snickers in the crowd...whispered: the first gentleman to do what?

    In the back row, some British git:
    First Gentleman? It's about time the colonies produced one!

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    What did they call him in that TV series where geena davis is president?

    EDIT: looked in wikipedia.
    TV series is "commander in chief".
    They call the husband "first gentleman".


    hmm maybe in analogy to Air Force One they could call him "Husband One" : )
    Last edited by Lukas; 2007-Apr-02 at 07:30 AM. Reason: answered my own question....

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Supreme Canuck View Post
    First Gentleman?
    That's what they call our governor's husband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    That's what they call our governor's husband.
    Yeah, but that's Washington State. Too close to Canada for comfort.

    There has to be a better appellation.


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    Well, the consensus seems to be first Gentleman so far...


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    According to Hillary's campaign, he would be the First Gentleman.
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    I dunno about anybody else, but it seems to me that "Former President Clinton" would be more appropriate.
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    "Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States and President Clinton."

    That could get confusing. How about just "Mr. Clinton"?
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    First Letch seems far more appropriate than any other suggestion I've seen.

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    President consort.

    I´ve seen the printed media (NYT fo example) calling him 'first gentleman'.

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    Easy out in this case, folks. By courtesy, all former Presidents are referred to as "Mister President".

    As for future First Husbands, good question.

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    A sidenote about Mr. Bill. The frog that I use as an avatar is commonly (at least in Costa Rica) called a Blue Jean Frog (the blue legs) or the Redneck or Bill Clinton frog (blue jeans and a red neck).
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    For that matter, if Fred Thompson was elected president, would they drop 'Hail to the Chief' in favor of that Law and Order 'Dink, dink!" when he enters the room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    For that matter, if Fred Thompson was elected president, would they drop 'Hail to the Chief' in favor of that Law and Order 'Dink, dink!" when he enters the room?
    Only at White House press conferences. I think that would set the tone perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    For that matter, if Fred Thompson was elected president, would they drop 'Hail to the Chief' in favor of that Law and Order 'Dink, dink!" when he enters the room?
    If I were him, I'd insist on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    For that matter, if Fred Thompson was elected president, would they drop 'Hail to the Chief' in favor of that Law and Order 'Dink, dink!" when he enters the room?
    Do you think they'll have McCoy as the Vice President? And "The Loo" as Secretary of Defense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Do you think they'll have McCoy as the Vice President? And "The Loo" as Secretary of Defense?
    Alas, poor Lennie--he would've made a great head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But if they go through Attorneys General like they go through Jack's assistants, they'd go through them mighty fast, but they'd pretty much all look alike.
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    Or maybe.."Mrs.President & Ex Mr.President"


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    The President and Doctor Luuurve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellow View Post
    The President and Doctor Luuurve
    Hey, there have been at least two US Presidents believed to have had illegitimate children; one had an acknowledged illegitimate child.

    I think the question here is, "Is 'First Lady' a job description or an honorific?" If the former, Bill Clinton would become "First Gentleman" as his new job description. If it's an honorific, he would still be Former President Clinton.
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    I think his title should be the "First Lady"
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    How about "First Laddy"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    How about "First Laddy"?
    I like it. He is a bit of a lad, in the British sense. Though maybe not all that much of one.

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    If Rudi Guiliani is elected, would his current wife be Third Lady?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    How about "First Laddy"?
    You know, this is growing on me.
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    Lol Moose. Growing on you?

    At first , I thought you were a "Lady".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    "Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States and President Clinton."

    That could get confusing. How about just "Mr. Clinton"?
    How about just "Mr NO" "Mr Ididnot" "Mr Sleep" "Mr Withthat"
    "Mr Woman"

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