Senator Boxer’s silly gaffe
I find this not only disrespectful toward the General, but completely unnecessary as well. I don’t believe that a Brigadier General was showing you disrespect by addressing you as “ma’am.” He, as well as all of our fighting men and women, are indoctrinated with a sense of respect for themselves and for others. He is showing you respect. I understand and respect your title and your hard work in earning it. You should respect the General’s as well. Leave the patronization at home, and apologize.