The Senator formerly known as Hussein

Over the years, we have referred to many personages of note by using first, middle, and last names, while the rest of us plod along with only first and last. As far as I can remember, outside of Mel Gibson’s movie, “Conspiracy Theory,” few have commented on this. Neither can I remember anyone commenting on the significance of the middle name, when it is the same as some other famous person. For example, I don’t remember anyone remarking on the irony that William Jefferson Clinton was not very much like Thomas Jefferson, or urging Clinton to act more like Jefferson because of his middle name.
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Obama for Resident

Today’s paper reports that Barack Obama “announced his bid for president Saturday, a black man evoking Abraham Lincoln’s ability to unite a nation.” I don’t know which is more frightening: That the AP reporters and editors who produced this story are insane, or Obama is and no one else has yet noticed it.
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