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?