Citizen Obama Visits Troops on Christmas
Barack Obama visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas, chatting it up with the young warriors on the holiday in an informal visit. It was a nice gesture and he deserves kudos for making it.
One small issue, however: Obama is, so far as I understand it, a mere private citizen as a matter of law. He has resigned from the Senate and, despite having fashioned a seal for himself, there’s really no such thing as the “Office of the President-elect.”
So . . . how is he able to waltz onto a secure military facility on a casual drop-by basis? Does being “president-elect” come with some official privileges about which I’m unaware? Or is this just a courtesy being extended informally to the future commander-in-chief?
(Again, my curiousity here is a technical one. As a matter of common sense, it’s obvious that he should be welcome on Marine bases.)