The President is Not The Chief of the Nation.
Dan Miller’s Blog ^ | March 11, 2013 | Dan Miller
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 2:34:55 PM by DanMiller
He is the chief Only of the U.S. military.
Our nation has no “Chief” or “Commander.”
As shown below, the President often behaves as though he considers himself the Commander in Chief, not only of the U.S. Military but of the nation. Others seem to respond to him as though he were. He isn’t and the differences are great. Yet Hail to the Chief, played at official and many unofficial presidential appearances, says that he is our Chief and our commander.
The lyrics are not usually sung. Here they are:
Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.,p> Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief! (Emphasis added.)
The article linked immediately above attributes the customary omission of the lyrics to partisan motives. However, there are far better reasons and they are the focus of this article.
Sure, it’s “just” a song. However…………….