Friday, February 29, 2008

What's in a Name?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight David Eisenhower
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Richard Milhous Nixon
Gerald Rudolf Ford
James Earl Carter
Ronald Wilson Reagan
George Herbert Walker Bush
William Jefferson Clinton
George Walker Bush

Barrack Hussein Obama

Is it racist to say Barrack Hussein Obama?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The notion that you can't use a President's name is ridiculous as you have pointed out with the numerous examples from the past.

Expand on George Herber Walker Bush. His full name was used by the dems in 1992 to highlight to the American public that he was not one of the "working folks." Why? Because we had entered into an economic downturn and his name connoted that he was of privileged birth. They also pointed out that he was from Kennebunkport, ME.

Combine that with the fancy name and it is no wonder people thought he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, or as the democratic Texas Governor Ann Richards put it, he was "born with a silver foot in his mouth."

Additionally, we have looked to other features of candidates that have little to do with their competence. For example, Mike Dukakis was considered too short at 5'8". Mitt Rommney had to deal with his Mormon faith. And John McCain looks broken down and is frequently seen with a bandage on his face suggesting a visit to the dermatologist.

Bottom line the President is more than an elected leader. He is the symbol of our nation, and all things being equal, we generally choose the one whom we think represents us whether it be based upon gender, ethnicity, religion, appearance or a host of other features.