Asked • 05/05/19

Titles for US public figures?

It appears that it is customary in the US to continue to refer to prominent public figures by the title they previously held, e.g. President Obama, Secretary Clinton etc. I understand that this is done as a professional courtesy. However, what is less clear to me is why certain individuals are still referred to by their previous job titles, even when they go on to hold what are arguably more important and powerful jobs. For instance, John Bolton is still referred to as Ambassador Bolton, and John Kelly is still referred to as General Kelly. Yet as National Security Advisor and White House Chief of Staff respectively they hold two of the most important and influential positions in the current administration. Why do people still refer to them by their old job titles?

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Katie L. answered • 05/07/19

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