The guy in the middle reminds me of somebody…...Chase, is that you????
(Photo by Kirk Irwin for The New York Times)
Hundreds of his devotees have been adopting his middle name, Hussein, to show solidarity with their Messiah.
The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.
Jeff Strabone of Brooklyn now signs credit card receipts with his newly assumed middle name, while Dan O’Maley of Washington, D.C., jiggered his e-mail account so his name would appear as “D. Hussein O’Maley.” Alex Enderle made the switch online along with several other Obama volunteers from Columbus, Ohio, and now friends greet him that way in person, too.
The NYT’s helpfully points out:
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.
Apparently, Obama was born a Muslim too, but of course, we’re not supposed to mention that.
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.
“I am sick of Republicans pronouncing Barack Obama’s name like it was some sort of cuss word,” Mr. Strabone wrote in a manifesto titled “We Are All Hussein” that he posted on his own blog and on dailykos.com.
It’s true, many Repubs, (and Clinton Dems) do like to taunt him about that. Personally, I don’t bother with his middle name. It isn’t necessary. There are many more legitimate ways to make the case against him.
One woman, with the white-bread name, Ashley Holmes, changed her name online, “to show how little meaning ‘Hussein’ really has.”
But of course, words do have meanings, and in Ashley’s case, it means she’s a true blue Obamiac.