Maybe it's just his southern charm?
That was something that annoyed me with Janeway, not wanting to be called "sir". When she was a rank grade lower, did she insist on being addressed as Commandh
er or Cowo
mander, so as to offset the 'man' in the title?
It's protocol dear, just accept it, get over yourself and move on.
Commander Austin Harris, First Officer, Deep Space Nine (by FltCpt. Bossco)
8.01 - Darkest Before Dawn
(Chapter 8 added, 12/09/2015)