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Barack Hussein Obama To Use Full Name When Taking Oath

December 10, 2008

I think this is great news. 

The fact that our next president has a name that is not conventional sends a message that America is indeed a diverse and wonderful place where the values we so readily talk about, are the ones that we sometimes put in practice.  In America anyone can grow up to sit in the Oval Office.

So I am pleased that Barack Hussein Obama will use his full name when taking the oath of office.

After the dreadful and horrific attempts by conservatives to undermine Obama based on his full name, I think is utterly refreshing that he claim his name proudly in this way and make a statement.  BRAVO!  How anyone could have been lured by the GOP to think a person somehow unfit for office based on a name is really quite shocking.  For Obama to use his full name sends the message to the nation and the world, about his proud ethnic background, and a remarkable nation that was able to look past the hate that some tried to inspire.

President-elect Obama says he plans to use all three of his names when he takes the oath of office, giving global voice to a name that was rarely used during the campaign except by critics. John McCain even apologized when a radio host broke the taboo and used Obama’s middle name during the introduction at a rally back in February. In Chicago yesterday, in his first post-election newspaper interview, with reporters from the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, the president-elect was asked: “Do you anticipate being sworn in as Barack Obama or Barack Hussein Obama?”

Obama replied: “I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement one way or the other. I’ll do what everybody else does.”
In fact, all presidents have not used their middle names when taking the oath of office, and the Constitution doesn’t prescribe the inclusion of a name at all. Jimmy Carter famously went as “Jimmy Carter.” Ronald Wilson Reagan took the oath as simply “Ronald Reagan.” (Hat tip: All-hours Andrew Malcolm of “Top of the Ticket”)

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