Troubling title

HLS Fall 2008 Bulletin Cover

HLS Fall 2008 Bulletin

Your article on President-elect Obama [“A Commander in Chief”] was quite interesting but I found the title troubling. Surely our leaders, whether of the nation or of the law review, are not primarily military figures. Whoever chose the title seems unaware that, as was observed by Justice Robert Jackson but ignored by the Bush administration, the president is “the commander in chief of the Army and Navy and not the commander in chief of the American people.”