husband of a female president

Discussion in 'English Only' started by epistolario, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. epistolario

    epistolario Senior Member

    If the president of the United States were a female, how would they call her husband?:

    a) first gentleman
    b) simply, the husband of the president
    c) both
    d) none of the above

    I'm asking for both US and UK. As far as I know, UK had at least one female prime minister (Margaret Thatcher) but I'm not sure if there is more than one.
  2. winklepicker

    winklepicker Senior Member

    English (UK)
    Just the one, so far. Her husband was generally just called Denis Thatcher. We don't have First Lady / First Gentleman type titles in BE.

    Let alone First Cat... lol.gif
  3. MissFit

    MissFit Senior Member

    I don't think there is an official designation for the president's husband. Whoever is the first will probably decide what he prefers to be called and set a precedent for any that follow.

    "First Lady" does not necessarily mean the wife of the president. The first lady is the official hostess at the White House. This is usually the wife of the president, but when our presidents have been widows, the duties have been performed by their daughters or other female relatives. President Zachary Taylor's wife had no interest in the duties, so they were performed by her daughter. We had one bachelor president; his first lady was his neice.

    Whenever we finally have a female president, we will still require an official host or hostess at the White House. Obviously the president won't have time for those duties. If the president's husband is not interested in the job, it may fall to her daughter or some other female relative. On the other hand, tradition may be thrown out the window as they hire a hostess. Staff do most of the actual hostess work anyway.
  4. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    In Canada, the Prime Minister's wife is simply known as "Mrs. Harper". Because of our British background, we also have a Governor General who happens to be a married woman. Her husband's official title is "Vice Regal Consort".
  5. winklepicker

    winklepicker Senior Member

    English (UK)
    Widowers, surely?

    (Sings) Oh, pick those winkles, oh pick those winkles, oh pick those winkles now.

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