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Notes from Making Obama Calls-About the Middle Name Hussein
 


26 February 2008 at 4:27:35 PM
salon

I've been calling down the list of Obama potential supporters today and talked with a man who was a Republican whose wife was a Democrat. He asked me if I knew why Obama wasn't using his middle name. I told him that sure didn't make any difference to me if Obama used it or not and he kept hinting around about some nefarious reason. The man was going to vote Republican, which of course is his right. After I got off the phone I got to thinking about Obama's middle name some more.

First up, I don't think ANY of the candidates use their middle names. Um, John McCain? I have no idea what his middle name is, it might be Poindexter for all I know. Hillary Clinton? Nope, although she used to use her maiden name at one point.. but that's not her middle name and I have no idea that it is. Neither John Edwards, nor Ron Paul, nor Christopher Dodd, nor Dennis Kucinich, nor Mitt Romney nor Mike Huckabee... and I'll venture to guess that most people don't know what any of their middle names are either.

So, at least in my book, the man was trying to make a point based on some kind of racist or religious bigotry about Obama. Because certainly there's no evil conspiracy for a person not to use his middle name in a campaign unless you want to say the same thing about ALL the other candidates! I'm guessing that he thought having the name Hussein was enough of a deal-breaker for him not to vote for him.

That's perfectly ridiculous to me. When I worked last, at my company I had coworkers that were from all parts of the world and some of them were Muslim. One of them had a last name of Hussein. He was a great person.  And in fact, I think Hussein is an extremely common name, Just like people that name their kids Heather or Susie or maybe even John Jr after the father, Hussein is an Arabic name that means handsome. Why in the world wouldn't people want to name their sons that?

Or take the hispanic name Jesus (Hay-SOOS). Would anyone seriously say that every single person who is named Jesus is just like Jesus Christ? I don't think so.

So, I don't care what Obama's middle name is and neither should you. Unless you're a racist.

P.S. I was just thinking about this. Obama's father came here on from Kenya, that's also where his grandmother lives. But Obama is not himself a Muslim, he is a Christian who belongs to the United Church of Christ. If you have fallen into the trap of believing those baloney emails full of crap that smear Obama, go to snopes and search on Obama.


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1 - whitkat   26 Feb 2008 @ 8:52:32 PM 

Despicable, race baiting, zenophobic


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