This moment had to come. Although much of the political media's 2016 bandwidth is still reserved for wondering who will run for president and when they will announce, those from outside the political media are ready to move on to more pressing questions.
“Let’s say, if a woman became president, we could -- I could be called 'Adam,'” Bill Clinton told Rachael Ray on an episode of her talk show, which will air tomorrow.
An intriguing possibility, and one that definitely does not understate the importance Clinton has bestowed upon the still-hypothetical role (and also introduces some unfortunate comparisons; not to spoil anything, but Paradise Lost doesn't exactly have a happy ending).
However, there are many other possible names that have been floated for this yet-unfilled position.
Laura Bush relished the idea of a "first gentleman" having to face the same scrutiny as a first lady. She had some advice for the first "first gentleman" too: "Stand back and be quiet."
This term has been prematurely applied to Bill Clinton too.
Yahoo Answers, the premier destination for answers on the Internet (probably), also thinks that "first gentleman" is likely going to be the default setting for the first man to be a presidential spouse, as does Mental Floss.
In the (very dated) 1964 comedy "Kisses for My President," Fred MacMurray played "First Gentleman" Thad McCloud.
Miss Manners thought this name sounded ridiculous.
And now to the husband. If anything is sillier than "first lady," it is "first husband" (unless this is necessary to distinguish him from a marital successor also on the scene). He would be the host, and addressed simply by his name and "Mr." or another honorific he held, such as general or governor.
Far be it from us to question the verdict of Miss Manners.
In 2007 -- Bill Clinton has been answering this question for ages -- he joked that his Scottish friends suggested he be called the "first laddie" if Hillary won. He repeated the idea on Oprah Winfrey.
Mike Gregoire, the husband of former governor of Washington Chris Gregoire (D), preferred to be called "first Mike." Summoning opinions on "first Bill" in 3,2,1...
Marcus Bachmann, husband of former congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), optioned "first spouse."
Because this eventually happens to all ideas floated for this position title, it has been applied to Bill Clinton.
An option suggested by someone on Quora.
President Bill Clinton
If Hillary Clinton did win in 2016, Bill Clinton might not even need a fancy new nickname — as he happens to have already acquired one.