This post is not about politics. I do not discuss politics unless it’s with family. I have read and have received articles concerning our current President and his wife. The articles which I’m referring to relate to their relaxed style of protocol. I know that etiquette in today’s society has gotten very lax compared to our parent’s generation and even my generation. However, I still believe that it is in our best interest to have and to use the best manners which we possess.
The articles which were sent to me made references to the more casual style dressing by the First Lady which was displayed on our president’s European trip , the style of greeting towards heads of states ,especially the Queen of England, and to the lack of decorum for picture taking. As I stated, this isn’t about politics. It is however about decorum and protocol or as some in the media have said lack of protocol.
I do believe that at all times we need to strive to put our best foot forward when meeting someone. It says a lot about ourselves and the respect we have for others and ourselves. I know the White House has a protocol staff which is there to instruct the President and First Lady on issues of protocol.
I am interested in what you think about these articles and pictures which have been written and shown during and since the President’s trip abroad. Is there a more casual presence in the White House? Are people blowing this out of proportion? Is our country being represented in the best light as far as protocol is concerned? What are your thoughts?
Questions or comments are always appreciated.