What’s in a name?

Barack Obama, Sr.

Barack Obama, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

William Shakespeare

Ronald Reagan‘s middle name was Wilson, but no one ever criticized him for it because he was given his names when he was born and did not choose them himself. Some in the GOP strongly dislike President Woodrow Wilson since he was a liberal Democrat.

On the other hand, today President Obama is criticized for his middle name, Hussein. He was given that name by his parents, being named for his father of the same name. President Obama is correctly identified as Barack Hussein Obama II, just as John McCain is correctly identified as John Sidney McCain III and Mitt Romney as Willard Mitt Romney.

The only thing we learn when someone refers to President Obama as Barack Hussein Obama is that the speaker or writer wants to emphasize the President’s difference and is probably calling for unjustified impeachment.

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