Mrs President, Mrs Prime Minister and Mrs Chancellor. Now that would be cool.
With Hillary Clinton looking like being the front runner as the Democrats’ presidential candidate and short of a Republican revolution, Donald Trump could also well be running for president, in such a scenario, chances are Clinton will take up residency in the White House. She would, of course, be the first female president of the USA.
Last year our very own Nicky Morgan hinted she may consider putting her hand up as leader of the Conservatives after Prime Minister David Cameron said he wouldn’t run for a third term. Meanwhile, Angela Merkel remains in situ as the German chancellor and, effectively, the most powerful politician in the EU.
So with a myriad of ifs and buts, we could have women leading a vast swathe of the western world.
We first started contemplating such a scenario whilst watching the BBC documentary ‘Inside Obama’s White House’, exploring Obama’s time in arguably the world’s top job and, arguably, during one of the most challenging times in history.
‘Why do they call Obama Mr President?’ A good question from my second daughter. ‘I don’t actually know,’ I replied. ‘Tradition?’
‘Although,’ I added. ‘If Hillary Clinton wins the backing of the Democrats and she takes on Trump and wins, would they call her Mrs President?’ ‘Also,’ my daughter added. ‘ Would Bill Clinton be known as the first gentleman?’
Obviously, I googled and, obviously, the answer is obvious. In the same way we referred to our one and, so far, only former Speaker of the House Betty Boothroyd as ‘Madam Speaker’, Hillary Clinton would be ”Madam President’.
The term Mr President was coined by George Washington, America’s first president, and the title has been used ever since.
However, as contemporary, informed and witty as my daughter and I considered ourselves to be, a six-year-old had beaten us to it having asked the question direct to the lady herself in 2014.
“In 2016, would you prefer to be called Madam President or Mrs President?” The youngster is reported to have asked.
At the time Clinton had not even confirmed her intention to run and did not answer.
The next question would be, how would the former president himself be referred to, my daughter and I pondered. Previous presidents have conveniently had wives in toe so this problem had never materialised. The First Lady has worked just fine. Does the First Gentleman have the same ring?
It’s a serious question, after all, the polls seem to suggest Clinton is the most likely person to succeed Obama.
With no Republican seemingly unable to shake Trump’s popularity, the party may have to take radical action to topple him before he becomes their presidential candidate. If Trump does become the Republican candidate, it could well persuade more middle ground Republicans to vote Democrats in the election itself to thwart a Trump presidency thereby practically laying out the White House welcome mat to Clinton.
Thus, we could well be hailing Amerca’s first female president after the election proper in November. It would mean two of the most influential western powers – the USA and Germany and, arguably, the EU will be led by females.
If Boris Johnson’s popularity crashes after he set out his Brexit stall and the country votes to stay in the EU when we head to the polls on 23 June, we could well see Nicky Morgan as the new Tory party leader. Of course, there are see other contenders even without Boris being centre stage. But with Morgan in the Tory seat at the next election, although that’s not until 2020, three women effectively leading the west is a possibility.
That’s exciting, right? It would almost persuade me to vote Tory, almost!
As an aside, I tell my daughter I had googled the origins of the title Mr President and to extend her already extensive knowledge even further, I say, of course, it’s ‘Madam President’. ‘Well, that makes no sense,’ she says. ‘Otherwise, Obama would be Sir President.’
There’s just no pleasing some people.