According to Article II, Section 2, Clause I of the Constitution, the President of the United States is Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces. The current Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces is Barack Obama, the 44th President.
As of 2011, there are nine combatant commanders: six have regional responsibilities, and three have functional responsibilities. Before 2002, the combatant commanders were referred to in daily use as “Commanders-in-Chief” (for instance: “Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command”), even though the offices were in fact already designated as “combatant commander” in the law specifying the positions. On October 24, 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced his decision that the use of “Commander-in-Chief” would afterwards be reserved for the President only.
People outside the loop do not have a clear understanding of what happens inside the walls of the White House and the tremendous pressure exerted on the shoulders of the most powerful public office position in the world. We all know that the President of the United States is a common human being who happened to be elected by the citizens of the United States, also known as “We the The People”, to lead the country. This person is not a Superman with magic powers, X-Ray vision, muscles of steel and unfathomable wisdom. The fact of the matter is, that his or her character has the same flaws of your next door neighbor, yet we expect him or her to be perfect in the Oval Office.
Presidents like Harry S. Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ike Eisenhower, Richard N. Nixon, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Ulysses S. Grant, just to name a few, are remembered by the American people as great Commanders-in-Chief. They rose above their flaws and limitations and led their country in times of war and peace making very important decisions affecting the lives of millions of people domestically and around the globe. It’s amazing how they age so fast. Most of the time their hair is white when they leave office and die a few years later.
A television series dubbed, Commander-in-Chief, takes us inside the White House and gives us an idea of what this high office is all about. I was lucky to watch all seventeen episodes via Netflix. Each episode was better than the previous one. Commander-in-Chief is a political drama surrounding the nation’s first female president. This series examines not only the shock of a first woman president, but the thorny issues she will face holding this high office. Not only will she take charge of a grieving nation, but also the care of her own household.
A quote from President Mackenzie Allan that I jotted down was, “So I say to the people of this nation: I am humbled by your greatness. I am humbled by the history being made here today, humbled by the notion that I am the first woman to hold this office. I’m humbled by the responsibilities that rest with me.” I was thinking of Hillary Clinton, when I wrote this down in my agenda for this blog post. I think she would have been a remarkable Commander-in-Chief. I wonder if she is entertaining the idea of running in 2016.
“Commander-in-Chief” is well written and playful with its premise even as it conjures a post-Hillary world where female politicians are pure at heart or at least have learned from Senator Clinton’s early mistakes.
The series began broadcasting on ABC on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, although most countries outside North America began screening the series in mid-2006. It garnered the highest ratings for a series debut on a Tuesday night.
Acclaimed actress Geena Davis joins Emmy Award winner Donald Sutherland and an accomplished cast in a captivating blend of drama, excitement, and political intrigue. The series was created by American director Rod Lurie, director of the films The Contender and Deterrence and may have been inspired by The West Wing, a popular political drama on rival NBC network.
The network replaced Lurie with Steven Bochco as show runner, but declining ratings brought about a hiatus, a time slot change and ultimately cancellation. It was a sad decision, I wished it would be extended for at least one more season. It was that good.
If you follow American politics, drama, intrigue, and excellent acting, surely Commander-in-Chief is your cup of tea. I plan to watch it again, after my current euphoria settles down. Good Day.