Obama will use middle name “Hussein” at swearing in

Obama says he’s not making a statement, but he is. This is about putting the final nail in the coffin of the GOP’s ongoing slur over his middle name, but it also very much is about reaching out to the world’s 1 billion Muslims. This may seem like nothing to some people, but it’s not nothing. Symbolism matters. Obama understands that. This is smart. Very smart. (And with an approval rating about 3 times that of George Bush, Obama can afford to use a little of that goodwill to put the middle-name rap to rest once and for all.)


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