Barack’s middle name


Every weekday morning my routine consists of making coffee, drinking coffee, checking email, of course getting dressed, and watching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” with Joe Scarborough,Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski.

This morning, the crew was discussing last night’s Democratic debate. They reached into discussion on Bill Cunningham and his introduction of Sen. John McCain at a rally yesterday, where Cunningham repeatedly used Barack’s full name — middle name included — when addressing him (whereas, Cunningham simply used last or first names to address other candidates).

Anyway, I’m not really concerned about Cunningham, but what Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said really struck me. They said, paraphrased, that “no one cares what Barack’s middle name is,” and that people are “being turned off by those who continue to remind them what Barack’s middle name is.”

Boy, are they wrong… and out of touch. I have heard from so many people in North Carolina — people already registered as Democrats, as well as Republicans who have decided to vote for a Democrat. So many of them have thrown up Barack’s middle name. “His middle name is Hussein and he is a Muslim. I’m not voting for him!”

As stupid and as sad as it is, people really do care.


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3 Responses to “Barack’s middle name”
  1. Javier says:

    John McCain is a hero! I think that he will be the next President

  2. OneWhoCares says:

    I am a Democrat who does care what his middle name and ancestry is. Prior to 9/11 I wouldn’t have cared a bit! However, since many (I know not all)of the Muslims have proclaimed to have issues with the U.S. and our policies, it worries me. You can no longer tell who our enemys are! They have infiltrated our country and disguised themselves as our neighbors, co-workers, gas station owners ect.,only to destroy us and our economy. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m fully aware that they’re not all like this, and there are many who really want to be a good U.S. citizen. And as a lesbian, I have personally known and hate discrimination. But…how can you tell the difference between the good and those pretending? So for safety sake, I can’t trust any of them, and that’s sad. But they did this to themselves by pretending to be one of our good citizens, then stabbing us in the back, so to speak. The good ones are now suffering for the sake of the others, but again…who can you really trust?
    Another thing they use is patience, and I’m talking about waiting YEARS for the right time to strike. In the meantime we believe they are our good neighbors!
    So when someone with Muslim ancestry wants to run this country…. I am VERY wary. Just another good citizen, or with ulterior evil motives?

  3. TheMostPCWomanEver says:

    OneWhoCares >> Obama is not a Muslim. The trust issue that you have described is a product of post-9/11 paranoia and xenophobia. None of us can tell what is in the heart of another person, black or white, Muslim or Christian, man or woman, stranger or intimate. The best way to change their beliefs is to make them know that we are decent people with the same core concerns and problems, show them that we expect THEM to be good people, and demonstrate that we understand the criticisms that they raise about America (because some of them ARE valid).

    So . . . do you believe that all Italian Americans have extensive mafia connections? Do you believe that all Native Americans are violent, deceptive “primitives”? What about Latinos? The French?

    Sure, everyone’s a little bit racist or bigoted, even me. But the thing about terrorists is that they WIN when they make people feel paranoid and afraid. They WIN when the government restricts our freedoms and undermines the Constitution. They sow the seeds of mistrust so that, in the end, they don’t need to destroy us. We will destroy ourselves.

    You don’t want them to win, do you?

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