The pecking order of democracy is reduced to this: When the president wants to go, he gets to go.
That parsing of the pecking order, though, didn't extend to his personal life or interactions with colleagues.
During any other month, that news alone would have signaled a new world order, an upheaval in the pecking order.
A hierarchy within a social group or community, in which those members at the top assume positions of leadership, authority, and power. The expression originated from a description of social behavior among chickens, which attack each other by pecking to establish dominance.