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Joe Hussein Smith? Obama Supporters Adopt His Middle Name

In an attempt to show support, and perhaps desensitize others, Barack Obama supporters have adopted his middle name "Hussein" as their own. Names like Kelly Hussein Crowley and Jamie Hussein Alvarez are popping up on sites like Facebook.

The traditionally Muslim name has been a weight on Obama's campaign, which must fight viral rumors that he is a Muslim, or even a terrorist. The name comes from Obama's father, a man he hardly knew, who was born a Muslim, but died an atheist, reports the New York Times. Obama is a Christian.

The New York Times writes that the tactic of solidarity has been used before, as some of the new Husseins were inspired either by the movie Spartacus in which friends of the Roman slave protect him by calling out “I am Spartacus!” to soldiers, as well as the '90s film In and Out in which students pretend to be gay to protect their gay teacher. Do you think people will be less scared of Barack's middle name, if people with "all American" names add Hussein to theirs?


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stiletta stiletta 9 years
As much as I don't agree with Obama, this ploy is even too stupid for me. On both sides of the fence. If republicans can't think of something better to attack than his middle name, then we deserve to lose, whereas changing your middle name as a political maneuver is an insult to the word "stupid".
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Hype, hysteria, and fanaticism. Those are never good in politics. History shows this. Doesn't matter what side or party, but the "rockstar" quality the media is giving Obama is hurting him in some demos.
mazdagirluk mazdagirluk 9 years
I love asking people what McCain's middle name is. Facebook groups should NOT be news stories.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I am Spartacus!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I agree Hypno, I've always thought you were a fruit. ;)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I think if McCain changed his middle name to Hussein, it might send a message. Otherwise, I don't think anyone gives a shit if 44 people on facebook change their middle names in solidarity. I'm with the others who think this is a non-story. Jilliness, thanks for your rant. I would love to see more content too.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I agree that I'd like to see more articles on policy, but I also think the misinformation being spread about Obama is not fluff.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
Haha, cabaker27 :). The fact that people are doing this is completely stupid only because I find it stupid in the first place that people judge him on his name alone. I just don't get it. If his name and his race are the ONLY reasons for not voting for him, that is not the right way to vote people!!
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Mmmmm...if that's McCain's first act as president, i might have to reconsider my vote...;) LOL! Anyways, i totally agree with you Jill. More substance on Obama (and continue the substance with McCain).
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I think it shows that he is an angry Australian terrorist hell bent on making every restaurant in the US an Outback Steakhouse!!! :)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
McCain's midddle name is Sidney for the record! ;)
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Hey, everyone! We try to give you the facts of a story, while adding our own take, so you can all have a say. You're always welcome to pass on any suggestions regarding content via a private message! Keep the debate going!
janneth janneth 9 years
Actually this middle name thing is not just fluff. It will continue to influence voters. The interesting thing is that new young voters are thinking up ways to support their candidate that utilize tools they possess.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I agree with you guys about the NYT! How far it has fallen.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 9 years
I have a colleague who insists on referring to him as Barack HUSSEIN Obama whenever she is talking about him. I asked her why she doesn't refer to McCain with his middle name, which she didn't even know. The same colleague also claims to be a proud republican, even though she doesn't agree with any of the party's policies! I've always said there needs to be an IQ test on the ballot paper...
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I so agree with all of you. Both supporters, opponents, and those in between need to get substantial material. I have no problem with people disagreeing with my candidate, but there is hardly anything to base any opinion on. And just because the news media is on vacation doesn't mean that we need to follow their lead. The Internet is a democratic invention in it's purest form, so there is really no excuse not to pretend like there is nothing else to report than fluff and silly stuff. And the NYT has no credibility in my book anymore. I could rant on forever about their aversion against good journalism. Bastards.
outtajo outtajo 9 years
"Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability." It always makes me uncomfortable the way CitizenSugar directly quotes the stories it links to without quotation marks or attribution. Just put out there in a post like that makes it look as though they're original words. They're not. Off-topic, perhaps, but it's frequent. And annoying.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
The sad thing is that the link is from the NYT. Do you remember when that used to be a highly respected paper? Sometimes I feel like the big downside to the Internet is that as more information becomes available, the quality of information decreases. Don't get me wrong, I actually think this is a fine story for Citizen Sugar, which to me is a news site, but has always had a dash of fun mixed in.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
This is a silly and dumb story
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I don't have a Facebook acct, but considering that MySpace has 236 million members, its kind of funny that this "I'm changing my name..." Facebook group has only 44 members!! Conservative Sugar has more than that! ;) And I also find it interesting that seemingly anti-Obama group has 47 members! Thats shocking to me that its more...
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jill, I agree with you! If I were in your shoes I'd be a lil peeved because articles like the ones you mentioned only show the rockstar side of Obama and the in the case of this particular article, the craziness of some of his supporters. It does make it harder to take him seriously, when obviously he has more to him than celebrity endorsements and weirdos changing their names.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Jill, I agree with you. I also feel like I don't know much about Obama other than what I learn form you. Not that I consider you an unreliable source by any means. :)
piper23 piper23 9 years
There are many reasons why I'm not voting for Obama. His name didn't even make the list.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I thought I was a fruit.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Ok, everyone knows I love this site. I am here all the time, I comment until my fingers are sore, I love the site.... I just wish that the threads about Obama weren't so "fluff" based. They seem to be focused on things like celebrity endorsements, his wife, what people are doing on facebook... I just wish there was more about his energy policy! His ideas about Metropolitan planning and effects on energy/economy. An economy focused educational system. The fellowship program. His thoughts about foreign relations and our relationships with Central and South America. I love ya'll, I just feel a need that isn't being met. Ok, my rant is done for the day! :drinks:
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