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Ex-presidents' Official Title

Postby Siolat » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:30 am

Sorry, a bit of a simple question but could you advise me on what the official title of an ex-president of the USA is?

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Ex-presidents' Official Title

Postby Smid » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:30 am

Sorry, a bit of a simple question but could you advise me on what the official title of an ex-president of the USA is?

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Ex-presidents' Official Title

Postby Adlai » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:15 pm

Hello,

It is tradition to address any former elected official by the highest office he ever held.  So, if one met a former President, it would be proper to address him as "Mr. President", just as one would the current President.  When referring to such a person in the third person, the most common reference is to call that person "former President" followed by the last name.  For example, "Former President Clinton accompanied his wife to Europe."

All of this, of course is simply etiquette.  There are no formal legal titles of nobility under the law as the UK has.  In fact, such formal titles are banned by the US Constitution.

I hope this helps!

- Mike  
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