I found it strange that a cadet would keep asking about the president. He was very polite and kept addressing me as 'sir'.
In the Japanese game he speaks with the same slang that Wedge uses in Final Fantasy VII and Tidus uses in Final Fantasy X, adding "ssu" (ッス) to the end of certain words. The localization team for Final Fantasy VIII interpreted the slang as the respectful form of verbs, and so the English game has Watts calling people "Sir"."
Watt's father, along with Zone's, was one of the founders of the Forest Owls; a revolution group rebelling against Galbadia's rule over Timber. When their fathers were caught and executed during the Timber War, Zone and Watts took up their fathers' group and continued the rebellion.
When the SeeD are assigned to work for the Forest Owls Watts is the first member Squall and his party meet. He asks them for the password, though he ends up having to chase after the train if an incorrect password is given.
Watts's most prominent role within the Forest Owls is that of gathering information that benefits the group. He is very polite, which is most evident in his speech, as he refers to nearly everyone as "sir". This habit makes a Galbadian soldier suspicious when he talks to him. After Seifer holds the president hostage Watts escapes Timber by disguising himself as a Galbadian soldier.