Q. I’m copyediting a nonfiction book that has several names with titles in running text, such as “President George W. Bush,” “National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley,” and “Ambassador Charles Freeman.” According to CMOS 8.21, do I lowercase the title before the name (president George W. Bush) in running text? It just seems a bit odd to me.
A. Yes, that is Chicago style. Some writers object to this particular style, so you might want to talk to your author before you make a lot of changes that would be tedious to undo later.