Hail to . . . Your Highness? January 20 – Inauguration Day (U.S.)
It seems impossible to think of the U.S. chief executive as anything but “the President,” but in 1789, John Adams had other ideas. After George Washington was unanimously elected, Congress had to decide on his title. When “the President of the United States” was suggested, Vice President–Elect John Adams disagreed, saying that the title was not dignified enough—after all, he argued, even fire companies and cricket clubs had presidents. Instead, he believed that the leader of the United States needed a grander title and humbly suggested “His Most Benign Highness.” His peers, including George Washington, no doubt thought that Adams’s grandiose suggestion was too reminiscent of the titles of English royalty. They insisted on the more down-to-earth “President of the United States of America.”
Personally, I like how our nation does business. We have a nice, calm way of transferring power. Today was a prime example of graciousness, from both sides.
I was proud of everyone!