Three names with one thing in common. They are the lesser-known middle names of some of our presidential candidates. I felt compelled to find out the answer to a question that filled my head all day today and there is the answer.
Talk radio seemed to be abuzz with discussion about Bill Cunningham using Barack Obama’s full name, Barack Hussein Obama, three times while speaking before John McCain in Ohio. The hot question was “Was it offensive for Mr. Cunningham to use Barack Obama’s full name?”
Well, on one hand, it’s not automatically offensive or malicious. At the same time, if his name was Barack Patrick Obama, would there be anything said about it? For some reason, I highly doubt it. Did Bill Cunningham refer to Mrs. Clinton as “Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton“? Would he refer to Mr. Huckabee as “Michael Dale Huckabee“? I doubt it. He was playing up the fact that Barack Obama’s name contains the name of a very evil man. He was trying to make sure there was a connection in the minds of those attending the rally.
Furthermore, would it be as damning if a candidate had the middle name of Adolf, Benito, Joseph, etc?