Obama Supporters Take On His Middle Name

Some supporters of Barack Obama are taking on his middle name as their own to show their support, the New York Times reports.

You might recall that Obama’s middle name, Hussein, has stirred up some controversy by people who want to falsely assert that he is Muslim — or, in extreme cases, that he is some how “related” to Saddam Hussein, et. (this is also done with his first name, twinning it with “Osama”):

Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist

But, now there is a movement — albeit a small one — to symbolically assume Obama’s middle name to show that they are not “afraid” and to show their support.

Some wear buttons, others reconfigure their e-mail or Facebook names to reflect the change. For example, the NYT article mentions the example of Obama supporter Emily Nordling, who has changed her name on Facebook to read, “Emily Hussein Nordling.”

Still, it would be great if family names weren’t an issue at all in a campaign for president.


5 responses to “Obama Supporters Take On His Middle Name

  1. goodtimepolitics

    Those kids should be ashame of themselves, but then again these are today’s kids that wear their pants down below their knees with butt showing to try and impress someone!

  2. Um, also, Obama (the slime ball– they’re all slime balls…) is pretty awful? “OH OH OH though I’m a CHRISTIAN not a MUSLIM. I don’t know how such a dirty lie got started! I’m no muslim…not that there is anything wrong with that…I’m just saying, I’m NOT & would NEVER be. YUCK!” & the quote you have– “Hey, he didn’t even KNOW his Muslim dad! & His Muslim dad was an ATHEIST eventually! So…he’s not a dirty Arab. To be clear. We hate Muslims.”

  3. I freaking love that Shepard Fairey print. Obey Obama!

  4. goodtimepolitics

    What you mean he didn’t know his dad, well his sister knew him and said that all in the family was muslims! Sister a lier and Obama not? or Obama a lier and sister not? Which is it?

  5. Torsten Adair

    Well, one could argue that Osama Bin Laden was not a true Muslim, as he perverted the teachings.

    But then, there are many Christians who do the same.

    How soon before we see “Insane for Hussein” t-shirts? Or a graphic of Obama wearing a red-white-and-blue turban? (Or better yet, Uncle Sam!)

    How soon before McCain is swift-boated over potential mental tortures he received while a prisoner-of-war? Might he be a Manchurian Candidate?

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