Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"
—-#4) In conversation or in a salutation – until he/she is sworn in – the President-elect is addressed in the style to which he/she was entitled before being elected. Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 was ‘General’. Barack Obama in 2009 was ‘Senator” and Donald Trump in 2017 was ‘Mr.’
—-In conversation or in a salutation:
—-Or if the official-elect had a personal rank:
—-Only a current president is addressed as Mr./Madam President or referred to as The President. If you hear this done incorrectly it means the newscaster/reporter is not knowledgeable of our national traditions and is demonstrating it to a wide audience.
– Robert Hickey
How to Address a President-elect
What Should the Press Call a President-elect?
How do you refer to the President-elect when speaking about him? I think the rules are different than when addressing a letter to him.
What I hear in the media is all over the place. Is it?
—-—-—-– PT How to Address a President-elect