Sign me up: his middle name is nothing to be ashamed of. Barack Muammar Obama or Barack Yasser Obama—now, those would be problems.
But who’s afraid of the big fat Hussein? Hussein, Hussein, Hussein…
Hu-Hu-Hussein don’t cry…”
Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.
“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.
With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.
The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to [my favorite -ed.] Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.
“My name is such a vanilla, white-girl American name,” said Ashley Holmes of Indianapolis, who changed her name online “to show how little meaning ‘Hussein’ really has.”
Nous sommes tous Husseins. Except for Aggie, who has asked to be christened (oh dear, that’s a bad choice of word) Aunt Fatima Agatha.
And as little meaning as the name Hussein has is how little meaning the hijab has, or arranged marriages with nine-year-olds have, or honor killings have, or female genital mutilation has, or denying basic civil liberties to women has—or really any idea from the soft, vapid world of left-wing ideology. Which is to say, none whatsoever.
Yours in slushy, mushy solidarity,