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Six Brazilian Politicians Change Their Name to Barack Obama

Barack Obama? That's My Name, Says Six Brazilian Politicians

Remember when using Barack Obama's middle name was a big deal? Yeah, vaguely right? Well it seems like his moniker has become less of a slight and more of selling point, at least for six politicians in Brazil, all of whom have changed their names to "Barack Obama." It's not just a tribute, but a sneaky election tactic.

Brazilians have embraced the candidate enthusiastically in a country with a large population of African descendants and a corresponding minority of space in government. It's thought that by adopting the name of the Democratic candidate, the politicians will have a better chance of being elected. A quirk of Brazilian election law allows candidates to run under the name of their choice, so Obama seems a likely pick.

To see the story of one such name-switcher,


One new "Barack" says "In truth it was an accident. I'd been on the television wearing a suit and people thought I looked a bit like him so they started calling me Barack Obama. They'd see me in the street and shout: 'Hey! Barack!" So I decided to register it." He's running for mayor and like Obama I, he has relatives in Kenya. The Obamas' messages are similar too, "I say the same things. I talk about political renewal, change, about transforming the city."

Unlike showing up at a party in the same dress as someone else, the newest Barack wants to be in a room with the original. He says, "It would be great if he could come and see our reality. Just imagine."

ahappierdiane ahappierdiane 9 years
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Cat - I love it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Felicia Jollygoodfellow.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i guess if it's something that you can identify with then it's an ok move but for me, if you can't run as yourself, then what does that mean you stand for? it's just an interesting thing to think about. people relate to a name, and then you figure that they share the same views on things, and then you realize that you're taking on the sides of the person that you're trying to be rather than staying true to yourself. (i'm just playing the skeptic here)
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
I think it's funny... they probably saw through the media how hung up people were on the name, even Michelle said she thought it was a weird name, and they decided to make light of it. from now on my name is Melinda Gates (shhh....)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
What would happen if two candidates running for the same position both changed their name to Barak Obama? How would we know who won??
eveday eveday 9 years
Jude, if I told you about the semi-celebrities who are known for their ASSets here, that would make you think Kim Kardashian is a princess (a talented and elegant one).
eveday eveday 9 years
Well, the ones who are educated actually laugh at them (their names and tv ads) and make jokes about it. Others get pissed off because these candidates mean wasted money and time (that could be used with the good candidates). Some very uneducated people may vote for them though.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Hmm, maybe Chad Ocho Cinco should move to Brazil.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
:wave: Hi, Eve! Do people like it when candidates do that?
eveday eveday 9 years
Yeah, I'm seeing this only's an election tactic and they probably won't get elected, or maybe they will -- if they're running for major of small towns where people are known by their nicknames. In fact, this is kind of sad...because it shows how many Brazilians tend to not get seriously the really serious things (such as an election).
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's...strange. I'm sending this link to a Brazilian friend to see what she thinks.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
Angelina Jolie
Miss-Liz Miss-Liz 9 years
Haha, those wacky Brazilians.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Amanda Hugginkiss
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
"Voute Fourmee" :rotfl:
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
GS, go with Voute Fourmee
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Engelbert Humperdinck or Voute Fourmee
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Ivanna B. Yourpres
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Grapes a Wrath
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
I would pick Anne Coulter j/k
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
dorothy zbornak
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
What name would you all pick?
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
"A quirk of Brazilian election law allows candidates to run under the name of their choice," wow... that's really incredible! so basically, all you have to do is change your name to that of your opponent and it throws the entire election? this can't be true.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I was just posing a question.
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