Thursday, December 28, 2006

Campaign 2008: Did You Know That His Full Name Is Barack Hussein Obama?

His name is Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama, the popular Democratic Senator from Illinois and possible 2008 presidential candidate, doesn't use his middle name as say, John Quincy Adams or William Henry Harrison did. He doesn't even refer to it -- as say, George W. Bush does with his middle initial.

But conservatives want you, the voter, to associate Obama with his middle name, in the hopes of scaring you into thinking anyone named Hussein must have ties to terrorism, or at the very least, brutal Iraqi dictators.

It all began last month, when GOP strategist Ed Rogers ridiculed Obama on MSNBC's Hardball, making sure to note that Obama's middle name is "Hussein." Now, references to "Barack Hussein Obama" are commonplace on conservative websites.

Forget that "Hussein" -- Arabic for "good, small handsome one" -- is a popular name throughout Africa and the Middle East. Forget that in Obama's case, it's a family moniker passed down from his Kenyan father and grandfather.

Conservatives want to scare you. And if that means saying "Hussein" early and often, so be it.


If the middle name isn't enough to scare you, then conservatives hope Obama -- which of course, sounds like Osama -- will do the trick.

Right-wing Web site has featured a photoshopped image of "Senator Osama Obama," and Rush Limbaugh has for some time called him "Obama Osama."

Other conservatives, like CNBC's Larry Kudlow, have "accidentally" referred to Obama as "Osama."


Will all the conservative scare tactics work?

The Chicago Tribune asked that question this week. The answer, apparently, is "not always."

"People have unconscious, emotional reactions to names," Cleveland Kent Evans, a psychologist who studies the practice and effect of naming, told the Tribune. "And there's a lot of psychological research that shows people do a lot of unconsciously prejudiced things. But most people do not think of themselves as biased. And when those things become conscious, when they realize they're in danger of doing something against their values, it may be more likely that they're going to behave the opposite way."

In other words, if the conservative talking heads and radio ranters play the scare card too often, it's bound to backfire.

This may all be moot if Obama decides not to run for president. But clearly, conservatives are scared enough to lay the ugly groundwork in hopes of derailing him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually it started long ago when Ted Kennedy tripped all over his name at least 3 times and called him Osama Obama, Osama Bin Laden. Then again Kennedy may have been speaking after happy hour. So this really hasn't been started by Conservatives, but why let facts get in the way of JABBS lies.

What the hell does this guys middle name have to do with anything? Oh my his middle name is the as Saddams!!!! WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!


8:30 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

What is especially enlightening is to read a conservative blog on Free Republic (scroll down to picture of Obama).
61 posts from conservatives about Obama with the overwhelming majority of them containing not AN IOTA OF SUBSTANCE. Most of them only poke fun at his physical appearance or negative inferences to his name.
It is difficult to believe that even conservatives could be this hateful, shallow-minded and stupid. But it is there in print for all to see.

JABBS lies?
Anonymous supposingly quotes Ted Kennedy. Was that a poor attempt at a joke? Or provide a link please.
As JABBS has already pointed out, it appears Ed Rogers, a GOP strategist, was the first, on cable television anyway, to point out Obama's middle name
Media Matters has ALSO documented several conservative pundits in the media who have since late November gone out of their way to repeat Obama's middle name, and even attach negative Muslim references.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He ya go TWOT

Try not to spin this fact.

10:32 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Even more empty conservative spin from anonymous to divert attention away from the facts.
Since the clip has no date and Kennedy does not reference Obama's middle name, it is impossible to extrapolate that Kennedy set off a chain reaction of negative Muslim reference out of Obama's full name.
Nevertheless, this obscure clip of Kennedy, who obviously misspoke, hardly compares to the parade of conservative commentary on Obama's name.
The only fact here is that ONLY conservatives want to make an issue out of Obama's name merely to deflate his presidential aspirations as a Democrat.

Speaking of deflation.
That hissing sound you hear this morning is the sound of the air going out of the conservative balloon playing up Ford as a hero following his death yesterday.
That is, after the conservatives read the reports this morning that Ford was vigorously opposed to the Bush Administration actions in Iraq.
Hssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Hsssssssssssss.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um TWOT what part of "What the hell does this guys middle name have to do with anything?" didnt you understand from my first post?

And once again I provide truth and you deny it. Amazing how dumb you are. That clip has been all over talk radio for at least a year.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Kennedy made a simple mistake. It was not meant to be derisive to Obama.

What Rush and the freepers and Ed Rogers and Debbie Schussel and the rest are doing is trying to be derisive. There's an attempt to draw attention to Hussein, just like JABBS says.

Anonymous once again fails to grasp the complexities of the written word.

12:28 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

As I pointed out above, your clip is irrelevant to the discussion.
(Yeah, the fact that it has been looped on conservative radio demonstrates conservative's penchant for exploiting and inaccurately reading into miscommunications instead of focusing on actual and intended communications like do we liberals and Democrats).
I at no point refuted the PART of your argument about Obama's middle name having to do with anything.
The sound of the air going out of your argument, as well as out of the conservative Ford balloon I discussed above.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservatives and FREEPERS have picked up on Kennedy's lack of being able to talk like a sober person. He is the one who said it months and months ago and now it is being thrown back in his face. We are focusing on actual intended communications. Kind of like when the drunk couldn't pronounce Alito's name.

As I said earlier you schmucks, what does his middle name have to do with anything? Or cant you comprehend? Many conservatives have said the same as I. You dipshits refuse to hear or acknowledge that. But hey, if this is the best you can do then so be it. I am done with this. You all just aint worth it.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Kennedy's lack of being able to talk like a sober person"
Maybe the conservatives should focus on their chosen monkey president who, unlike Kennedy, has had entire books, calendars and late-night comedy routines built around his inability to articulate a sentence.
"Terrorists never stop thinking of ways to harm our country, and neither do we." -Dubya

2:56 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

As I said earlier you schmucks, what does his middle name have to do with anything? Or cant you comprehend?>>

Great question. Why don't you ask all the conservative pundits, all the oonservative bloggers, etc., who have suddenly taken to calling him "Barack Hussein Obama." If it doesn't matter, why add a name he doesn't use himself -- like John Quincy Adams did?

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Lex said...

I guess Repuke talking heads are hoping Americans are stupid enough to be scared by Obama's middle name.

I think Americans have started to wake up to Repuke tactics, at least to some degree.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Taverner said...

Shit ain't gonna fly this time

Maybe if Rove didn't cry wolf so many times it might have, but even with the dumbest population in the world, you can only cry wolf a limited number of times before people catch on.

"You can fool some of the people some of the time..."

3:18 PM  
Anonymous rfranklin said...

I know a lot of guys named Jesus and the Repubs don't like them...

They are very confused about names.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous sfexpat2000 said...

The bigoted 30 percenters always react the same way. Why do we spend so much time on them? This isn't about conservatives, it's about morans.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous quinnox said...

Hussein Obama ,a black man will never be elected president. His name isn't the only obstacle, the more important one is his race.
honestly, does anyone think that millions of southerners who were brought up to think of black people as less than them by racist parents would vote for a black man for president... ever? And not just the south either.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama could - and should - nip this in the bud right now! Just come out and say, "YES. My name is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. That was my father's name, and I am proud it's my name. I am an American. If this is all you people have to come at me with, you may as well go home, since you obviously cannot debate the REAL ISSUES. Fear and innuendo, that's all you people know, and YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED. That is all."

If he doesn't, and soon, he's going to do just what Kerry did with the Swift Liars.


3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah And My Grandmother's Name was "Lizzie" So does having the same name make her the same as Lizzie Borden who "took and ax and gave her mother 40 whacks"? Come on! So WHAT??????

Gawd these freepers make me sick. I would start picking out their names and comparing them to some notorious criminal. Your name is Ted? Well then, YOU must be JUST LIKE Ted Bundy! When was the last time you killed and dismembered any underage prostitutes? Why aren't you on death row, you wing nut pervert!?

GAWD! Their stooooooopidity is unending!

Cat in Seattle

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Deep13 said...

That was his parents' second choice for a middle name. Their first choice was Barack Hilterstalintojomoa Obama.

Just kidding, of course.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous CrispyQGirl said...

"People have unconscious, emotional reactions to names."
Yeah, every time I hear the name "Bush" I feel like puking.

Honestly, if people let something like this keep them from supporting Obama then we are more fucked than even I imagined.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous never cry wolf said...

You mean Barry Obama?

I found some interesting articles whan I googled Obama's sister's name, Maya Soetoro.

Apparently he was known as Barry back in the day:

"I could see he was bound for bigger things," said longtime friend, classmate and football teammate Bobby Titcomb. "He looked at the world more globally than the rest of us. There was something driven about him.

"But he also played basketball, tennis and hung out at the beach with the rest of us."

"He loves Hawaii and comes back with Michelle (his wife) and the girls whenever he can," said his sister, Maya Soetoro, who teaches history and social studies at the UH Lab School.

"My brother had it together at an early age. He had a strong sense of ethics, but with humor, literature, poetry, music, a sense of what's important in the world," she said.

After earning his bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University in 1983, Obama went to work as a community organizer in Chicago's South Side.

Titcomb, 42, now a commercial fisherman and Northwest Airlines flight attendant living in Kailua, remembers visiting Obama in Chicago shortly after his friend had moved there.

"Barry told me, 'I really want to be able to do something for the community, but to do what is necessary I'll need a law degree,'" Titcomb recalled. "That's why he applied to Harvard. It was never about making money for Barry. That's never what motivated him."

3:21 PM  
Anonymous warrnes said...

It's already backfiring bigtime
Every repuke who brings it up on something other than Fox gets laughed off the set.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous MurrayDelph said...

Gerald Ford's middle name was Rudolph
...doesn't mean he was a reindeer.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Snoop said...

What is up? My man War is still ranting about right wing folks, dude you guys won, be happy :-) and Rob is still playing policeman ;-)

I already ran my take on this, here

Why are you folks taking about a non-issue like Barack “EARS” Obama.

We conservative got our butts works last election, can’t we have a little fun with Hussein?

Mrs. Rodham will find a way to poison Barack and she and John Edwards will head the Democrat ticket and y’all will be happy.

You folks chill out and have a good New Year. Have a Crown on the Rocks on me.

Peace Snoop!

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH NO! Now CNN is in on it.

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