I would like everyone to read the following quote and stop and think for a moment.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) -- Sen. Barack Obama says he may have to overcome questions about his inexperience, stereotypes about his race and even a middle name that reminds Americans of Iraq's former dictator.
Now, tell me what's wrong with this sentence.
Whatever one thinks about comma rules, I bet your eye was drawn instead to both the last three words. Ditto. How in the hell could they get Osama mixed up with Hussein? I believe they're talking about the other guy.
Oh, but then I read the sentence again, which refers to Sen. Obama's middle name. So I read on.
That's right: Barack Hussein Obama.
Can someone tell me what cosmic joke that is? How, in the realm of all things possible, can someone with a Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother get that name? And how, cosmically, can it work out that, at the time he is elected to the Senate and only the second African American to be so elected since Reconstruction, his name resembles or replicates both of the dasterdly boogey men haunting American foreign policy? What, are we going to find out about his other middle name next election, and the other other middle name the election after that? Are we really going to end up with Sen. Barack Hussein Chavez "The Beard" Jong Il Obama?? Really.
I mean come on.