And he isn’t yours either, if you are among the 99% of the U.S. population who are not in the armed forces. But I see and hear the expression all over, in print, on TV and on the airwaves, the reference to Trump as “our Commander in Chief.” I do have a recommendation for civilians who refer to him as such: Sign up at your local recruiting station and make your dreams come true.
The president has several jobs, one of which is to command the U.S. armed forces. He is not a military member and does not wear a uniform. (If you see him show up one day in an Idi Amin Dada or a Muamar Gaddafi get-up, move to Vanuatu.) Presidents do not “command” the U.S. population. In fact, they work for us, something that seems to slip the mind of many presidents when they sit down for the first time in the Oval Office. Our nation does not require obeisance. We are not commanded. Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter were each once my Commander in Chief (all of whom served in the military during WWII) but when I resigned my commission in 1978, that was it. I no longer saluted.
Constant referrals to Trump as “our Commander in Chief” reeks of bellicosity. Unless you are a soldier, stop it!