Phil is relaxed and
sporting new look in exile
says his mom’s headline
Not picking on anyone here but the recent sports headline “Phil Mickelson is ‘relaxed’ and sporting a new look in exile, says his mom” made me laugh out loud.
I am reminded of the story of 2nd Lieutenant just-graduated-from-West-Point John Eisenhower.
For his post graduation leave, instead of time off, Lt. Eisenhower got to go visit the headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force.
The Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force happened to be Lt. Eisenhower’s father, General (4 Stars) Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The story is told that the General, wanting to involve his son in operations, sent him to deliver a message to a nearby unit.
The story goes that Lt. Eisenhower got a jeep and went over to the unit and approached the commanding officer saying, “My Dad says to attack on the right.”
“Oh?” replied the office, “and what does your Mom want me to do?”
Another story from the same time has the young Lieutenant worrying about Military Protocol and asking his Dad for his thoughts.
According to Protocol, a lower ranking officer salutes a higher ranking office.
The just-out-of-West-Point 2nd Lieutenant with all of about 2 weeks seniority asked his Dad what he should do in the event that they are together and meet another officer who outranks the son but is out ranked by the father.
Should the son salute first or should he wait for the other officer to salute his Dad and then return the salute with his Dad or should he …
The General, according to the story, interrupted the son with no little temper and said, “THERE ISN’T AN OFFICER IN THIS THEATER THAT I DON’T OUTRANK and OUTRANKS YOU!“
Any, I liked that Phil’s Mom is still looking out for him.
Someone has to.