Thursday, February 28, 2008
Eric Zorn: Middle-name calling is way over the line: "Obama doesn't use his middle name in his public life, and it's not necessary for anyone else to use it to distinguish him from other Barack Obamas. The only reason to say 'Barack Hussein Obama,' as radio talk show host Bill Cunningham did repeatedly Tuesday in warming up a John McCain campaign rally in Cincinnati, is to try to excite anti-Muslim, anti-Arab prejudices (though Obama is neither Muslim nor of Arab descent) and not so subtly suggest that Obama's actually a slippery foreigner."
According to liberal columnist Eric Zorn (and John McCain!), using Barack Obama's middle name in public is now forbidden.
OK: George Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George Herbert Walker Bush, Ronald Wilson Reagan, Richard Milhous Nixon, Lyndon Baines Johnson, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Not OK: Barack Hussein Obama.
Please make a note of this. We wouldn't want you to get a ticket from the Language Police.