But it may not be so simple for Bill Clinton if he becomes America’s first “first gentleman,” since he’s also a former president. Hillary Clinton has addressed this several times on the campaign trail.
She pondered: “First dude, first mate, first gentleman, I'm just not sure."
At a town hall meeting in January in Sioux City, Iowa, a member of the audience stood out to Hillary Clinton.
“I got to call on you,” she said, pointing to the young man. “He has a T-shirt that says, ‘Bill Clinton for First Lady.’”
The former first lady and secretary of state then added: “You know, I’m sort of more partial to First Mate or First Dude.”
But most recently, it seems Hillary Clinton has settled on calling Bill Clinton “first gentleman.”
“I’ve already told my husband that if I’m so fortunate enough to be president and he will be the first gentleman, I expect him to go to work to make sure we get those jobs growing and incomes rising,” she said at a campaign event in May in Paducah, Kentucky, ahead of the state’s primary.
While Hillary Clinton likes “first gentleman” (or jokes about “first dude”), Bill Clinton usually doesn’t speculate on what he will be called if he’s back in the White House. But the former president has emphasized the historical significance of being the first male presidential spouse.
“There's been a lot of talk about breaking the glass ceiling, and I want to talk about one barrier that has not been broken,” he said. “I want you to support Hillary for me, too, because I want to break a ceiling. I am tired of the stranglehold that women have had on the job of presidential spouse.”
And most recently, Bill Clinton said he looks forward to the possibility of being the nation’s first “first gentleman” at a campaign event in June in Inglewood, California. Though, FGOTUS, the acronym for the title, doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like FLOTUS.
“I think it would be a good thing to have a first woman president,” he said to cheers from the small yet enthusiastic crowd.
The former president then recognized a man in the audience wearing a “Bill Clinton for First Lady” T-shirt.
“Nothing would make me happier than to wear that shirt. Heck, I’ve made enough decisions in my life; I want to be told what to do. It’s great,” Bill Clinton said.
And while their titles and roles will swap if Hillary Clinton takes the White House in November, the Democratic presidential nominee has made clear she won’t be letting Bill Clinton pick out the table settings.
ABC News’ Liz Kreutz and Matthew Claiborne contributed to this report.