Thursday, February 28, 2008

Letter from Barack Obama on His Muslim Heritage - PakTribune

Letter from Barack Obama on His Muslim Heritage - PakTribune: "Yes, it is true that I have a name that is common amongst Kenyan Muslims where my father came from and that my middle name is Hussein. Barack is a name which means 'blessing' and Hussein is a masculine form of the word beauty. Since there is nothing inherently wrong with the concept of blessings from God and the beauty He creates I fail to see the problem with these names. Some will say wouldn't it be a problem to have a president with a name similar to the deposed and executed former dictator of Iraq? My answer to this is simply no; rather it is the strength and beauty of America that the son of an African man with a 'funny sounding' name, born under British Colonial Rule, can now be a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States."
So it turns out that Barack Hussein Obama is proud of his name, as he has every right to be. Good for him.

So why are John McCain and the Republican National Committee denouncing Republicans who use his middle name? Is this anticipatory political correctness? Are the Republicans so accustomed to being accused of insensitivity and racism that they have now started beating themselves up before the Democrats can get their collective fist cocked?

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

I believe it was the Dems that were first to comment on the now infamous picture of Obama in a turban. I'm quoting Obama's campaign manager; "the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we've seen from either party in this election." Wow... I was confused and surprised by these harsh words. Sun Times [liberal] columnist Mary Mitchell 'clarified' it by explaining that its intent was "to inflame an anti-Muslim sentiment."

I think that both parties are so wound up because of the special race and gender issues of this presidential race they can't figure out how to behave. I'm glad that Obama responded as he did.

This is just wasted effort worrying about middle names and clothing. When can we get back to the REAL issues??