George W. Bush made his last trip as Commander in Chief over the weekend. He went to Norfolk, Va., to christen the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier.

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the President’s speech:

The aircraft carrier which we commission today may be the Navy’s newest ship — but she has already had an interesting past. Her catapult testing took place during an unseasonable cold snap. Her christening was thrown into chaos by a fierce nor’easter. And during construction, the shipyard was closed down because of Hurricane Isabel…She will carry nearly 6,000 of the finest sailors and Marines in the world. She represents the craftsmanship of many skilled builders, and thousands of hours of preparation…She’s also a tribute to a new generation of American soldiers and sailors and Coast Guardsmen and women, airmen and Marines who have stepped forward to defend the United States America…I ask that God protect this ship, and let her know only victory and peace. And I ask God’s continued blessings on our wonderful nation. Thank you.

I listened to some of the address, and it really came through that President Bush was talking about one helluva lady.

The lady’s name? “The USS George H.W. Bush.

So why does the military only name its warships after men, but always refers to them as women?

I mean, did Bill Parcells come up with this policy?