Hail to the Chief! Of What?


When He appears officially it is played. Who isthe Chief? Of what?

Writing about Hail to the Chief here, I observed that President Obama is the chief only of the military.

The lyrics are not usually sung. Here they are:

Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation 
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief! (Emphasis added.)

We Some may have chosen him as the Chief for the Nation — probably thinking little about it — but he is not. He is the Chief only of the military. He…

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