Saturday, November 8, 2008

President Elect

There are times when the smallest things drive me absolutely insane, and this is one of them.

Barack Obama is not president-elect !!!

According to the law, the designation can be made only after the electoral college meets to vote. That happens on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December. This year, it's December 15th.

The term "president elect" has been bastardized over the years to the point where the winner of the November general election is automatically referred to as the president-elect, even though such references are technically wrong.

The other part of presidential trivia I love occurs on inauguration day. The constitution calls for the term of the current president to expire at noon, January 20th. Inauguration ceremonies always run late, and the new president is usually sworn in a few minutes after noon. It means there is a short time when the nation has no president.

Okay, all of that is off my chest, but I still don't feel better.