Senator Barbara Boxer (D., Cal.) has been schooled in the peculiar etiquette that Jill Biden observes. As a result of her Ed.D. degree, Biden insists on being called “Dr.” by soldiers who unknowingly refer to her as “Mrs. Biden.” Dr. Biden explains: “Ya know, I worked hard for that degree.” Now Politics Daily reports that Senator Boxer shares a similar pride in her work:
At a sometimes contentious Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), had a request for Army Corps of Engineers division leader, Brigadier General Michael Walsh.
During a terse exchange, as Boxer pressed Walsh on why the levees in New Orleans are still not repaired nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina, she said to Walsh:
“Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am? It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I’d appreciate it.”
The general’s response? “Yes, Senator.”
It’s funny in a way that Dr. Biden and Senator Boxer are so rude in the name of their professed etiquette. Surely there is a joke here somewhere.