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    Great Commentary on the Usage of "Hussein" Obama

    [QUOTE]At Cincinnati, Bill Cunningham, according to the LAT, "introduced presidential candidate John McCain at a rally here today accused Barack Obama of sympathizing with 'world leaders who want to kill us' and invoked Obama's middle name -- three times calling him 'Barack Hussein Obama.' " John McCain repudiated Cunningham's low tactics and said that using the middle name like that three times was "inappropriate" and would never happen again at one of his rallies.

    I want to say something about Barack Hussein Obama's name. It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is a blessed name. It is a heroic name, as heroic and American in its own way as the name of General Omar Nelson Bradley or the name of Benjamin Franklin. [B]And denigrating that name is a form of racial and religious bigotry of the most vile and debased sort. It is a prejudice against names deriving from Semitic languages![/B]


    Christian, Western heroes have often been bequeathed Middle Eastern names. Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, the medieval Spanish hero, carried the name El Cid, from the Arabic al-Sayyid, "the lord."

    Barack and Hussein are Semitic words. Americans have been named with Semitic names since the founding of the Republic. Fourteen of our 42 presidents have had Semitic names.

    Barack is a Semitic word meaning "to bless" as a verb or "blessing" as a noun. It is found all through the Bible. It first occurs in Genesis 1:22: "And God blessed (barak) them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."

    Here is a list of how many times barak appears in each book of the Bible.[url]http://www.studylight.org/lex/heb/view.cgi?number=01288[/url]

    Now let us take the name "Hussein." It is from the Semitic word, hasan, meaning "good" or "handsome." Husayn is the diminutive, affectionate form.

    Barack Obama's middle name is in honor of his grandfather, Hussein, a secular resident of Nairobi. Americans may think of Saddam Hussein when they hear the name, but that is like thinking of Stalin when you hear the name Joseph. There have been lots of Husseins in history, from the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, a hero who touched the historian Gibbon, to King Hussein of Jordan, one of America's most steadfast allies in the 20th century. The author of the beloved American novel, The Kite Runner, is Khaled Hosseini.

    But in Obama's case, it is just a reference to his grandfather.

    It is worth pointing out that John McCain's adopted daughter, Bridget, is originally from Bangladesh. Since Hussein is a very common name in Bangladesh, it is entirely possible that her birth father or grandfather was named Hussein. McCain certainly has Muslim relatives via adoption in his family. If Muslim relatives are a disqualification from high office in the United States, then McCain himself is in trouble. In fact, since Bridget is upset that George W. Bush doesn't like her "because she is black," and used her to stop the McCain campaign in South Carolina in 2000, you understand why McCain would be especially sensitive to race-baiting of Cunningham's sort. The question is how vigorously he will combat it; he hasn't been above Muslim-taunting in the campaign so far. (And, the McCains really should let Bridget know that she is Asian, not "black." The poor girl; Bush and Rove have done a number on her, and Cindy's confusion can't help.)

    The other thing to say about grandfathers named Hussein is that very large numbers of African-Americans probably have an ancestor ten or eleven generations ago with that name, in what is now Mali or Senegal or Nigeria. And, since so many thousands of Arab Muslims were made to convert to Catholicism in Spain after 1501, many Latinos have distant ancestors named Hussein, too. In fact, since there was a lot of Arab-Spanish intermarriage, and since there was subsequent Spanish intermarriage with other European Catholics, more European Americans are descended from a Hussein than they realize. The British royal family is quite forthright about the Arab line in their ancestry going back to Andalusia.

    Obama, being a cousin of Dick Cheney on one side and having relatives in Kenya on the other, is just more and more typical of the 21st century United States.

    So, anyway, Obama's first two names mean "Blessing, the Good." If we are lucky enough to get him for president, we can only hope that his names are prophetic for us.

    Which brings me to Omar Bradley. Omar is an alternative spelling of Umar, i.e. Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second caliph of Sunni Islam. Presumably General Bradley was named for the poet Omar Khayyam, who bore the caliph's name. Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, in the "translation" of Edward FitzGerald, became enormously popular in Victorian America.

    Gen. Omar Bradley, who bore a Semitic, Muslim first name, and shared it with the second Caliph of Sunni Islam, was the hero of D-Day and Normandy, of the Battle of the Bulge and the Ruhr.



    Would Mr. Cunningham see Omar Bradley as un-American, as an enemy because of his name?

    What about other American heroes, such as Gen. George Joulwan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander of Europe? "Joulwan" is an Arabic name. Or there is Gen. John Abizaid, former CENTCOM commander. Abizaid is an Arabic name. Abi means Abu or "father of," and Zaid is a common Arab first name. Is Cunningham good enough to wipe their shoes? Is he going to call them traitors because they have Arabic names?



    What about Senator John Sununu of New Hampshire? Congressman Darrell Issa of California? ("`Isa" means Jesus in Arabic). Former cabinet secretary Donna Shalala? (Shalala means "waterfall" in Arabic).

    I won't go into all the great Americans with Arabic names in sports, entertainment and business, whom Cunningham would apparently discriminate on that basis. Does he want to take citizenship away from Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Ahmad Jamal? What about Rihanna? Tony Shalhoub?

    Let us take Benjamin Franklin. His first name is from the Hebrew Bin Yamin, the son of the Right (hand), or son of strength, or the son of the South (yamin or right has lots of connotations). The "Bin" means "son of," just as in modern colloquial Arabic. Bin Yamin Franklin is not a dishonorable name because of its Semitic root. By the way, there are lots of Muslims named Bin Yamin.

    As for an American president bearing a name derived from a Semitic language, that is hardly unprecedented.

    John Adams really only had Semitic names. His first name is from the Hebrew Yochanan, or gift of God, which became Johan and then John. (In German and in medieval English, "y" is represented by "j" but was originally pronounced "y".) Adams is from the biblical Adam, which also just means "human being." In Arabic, one way of saying "human being" is "Bani Adam," the children of men.

    Thomas Jefferson's first name is from the Aramaic Tuma, meaning "twin." Aramaic is a Semitic language spoken by Jesus, which is related to Hebrew and Arabic. In Arabic twin is tau'am, so you can see the similarity.

    James Madison, James Monroe and James Polk all had a Semitic first name, derived from the Hebrew Ya?aqov or Jacob, which is Ya`qub in Arabic. It became Iacobus in Latin, then was corrupted to Iacomus, and from there became James in English.

    Zachary Taylor's first name is from the Hebrew Zachariah, which means "the Lord has remembered."

    Abraham Lincoln, of course is, named for the patriarch Abraham, from the Semitic word for father, Ab, and the word for "multitude," raham,. In Arabic rahim means "womb," also with the connotation of "kinship."

    So, Mr. Cunningham, Barack Hussein Obama fits right in this list of presidents with Semitic names. In fact, we haven't had one for a while. We are due for another one.

    A blessed and good one.[/QUOTE]

    Very insightful and great commentary on Barak Obama's name by Professor Cole.

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2391420]Very insightful and great commentary on Barak Obama's name by Professor Cole.[/QUOTE]

    Excellent article... unfortunately it will do little to change the minds of our most blatant hate-mongers.

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    So now calling a person the name his mother gave him is racist and religious bigotry?

    Holy Jesus, Mother Mary, Liberals have reached a new low......

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    I for one was very happy to see Sen/ Mcain jump on that guy for saying his name like that. If you saw the clip he was BLANTANTLY trying to make Barack look bad. Kudos to the Senator.

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;2391467]So now calling a person the name his mother gave him is racist and religious bigotry?

    Holy Jesus, Mother Mary, Liberals have reached a new low......[/QUOTE]

    Again, if his middle name was Bob, Joe, or Bill would you be refering him as such? How about your idol Ronald Reagan? How many times have you refered to him as Wilson Reagan? Or Nixon as Milhouse Nixon??

    Face the facts. The only reason you refer to Obama as Hussein Obama is because it stirs up images of Islamic extremism to the simple minded. Its aploy to appeal to peoples fears and stupidity so that they dont vote for him. Its a cheap tactic and quite frankly a pathetic display of anti-semitism

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    [quote=DeanPatsFan;2391467]So now calling a person the name his mother gave him is racist and religious bigotry?

    Holy Jesus, Mother Mary, Liberals have reached a new low......[/quote]

    Damn straight it is, when it's not used by the individual and is referenced solely to comment on the individual's race and supposed religious sensitivities.

    So, tell me, Dean - why do you use "Hussein" when you refer to Barack Obama?

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    [QUOTE=doggin94it;2391477]

    So, tell me, Dean - why do you use "Hussein" when you refer to Barack Obama?[/QUOTE]

    It's his name.

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    If this was anyone else, liberals would be up in arms about electing someone whose name is so directly derived from Scripture. "His name is ancient and appears in the Bible! He must take direct orders from God... Separation of Church and State! Separation of Church and State!"

    This whole issue is silly. The guy who warmed up McCain's crowd was an ass, but he's a hack radio host, what do you expect? And, by the way, it is [B]no[/B] [B]different[/B] from Hillary's team releasing pictures of Obama in the traditional Muslim garb of Kenya.

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2391476]Again, if his middle name was Bob, Joe, or Bill would you be refering him as such? How about your idol Ronald Reagan? How many times have you refered to him as Wilson Reagan? Or Nixon as Milhouse Nixon??

    Face the facts. The only reason you refer to Obama as Hussein Obama is because it stirs up images of Islamic extremism to the simple minded. Its aploy to appeal to peoples fears and stupidity so that they dont vote for him. Its a cheap tactic and quite frankly a pathetic display of anti-semitism[/QUOTE]

    How many time have you liberals called Bush Dubya?

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2391476]

    Face the facts. The only reason you refer to Obama as Hussein Obama is because it stirs up images of Islamic extremism to the simple minded. Its aploy to appeal to peoples fears and stupidity so that they dont vote for him. Its a cheap tactic and quite frankly a pathetic display of anti-semitism[/QUOTE]

    Anti-semitism? Really? Don't you think you're reaching here a little bit?

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;2391467]So now calling a person the name his mother gave him is racist and religious bigotry?

    Holy Jesus, Mother Mary, Liberals have reached a new low......[/QUOTE]

    McCain certainly thought it was offensive.

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    [QUOTE=Batmans A Scientist;2391487]McCain certainly thought it was offensive.[/QUOTE]

    MCCain's a liberal.

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;2391483]How many time have you liberals called Bush Dubya?[/QUOTE]

    ((((Crickets))))))))

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    Wathc the video and you tell me the intent of why he was saying it! I am definately not a liberal but i can see that one as cleasr as day. It was totally uncalled for.

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    It is not just the name, it is the content Cunningham used it in. As if Barack is some sought of terrorist. Would I vote for him, no but I will insult his name either!

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan;2391483]How many time have you liberals called Bush Dubya?[/QUOTE]


    Uhh..he himself and members in his close circle, not to mention famly members refer to him as "Dubya". When was the last time Obama referred to himself as Hussein? When was the last time any family member or friend called him Hussein?

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2391484]Anti-semitism? Really? Don't you think you're reaching here a little bit?[/QUOTE]

    Read the article. Hussein is a semitic name.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2391481][B]If this was anyone else, liberals would be up in arms about electing someone whose name is so directly derived from Scripture. "His name is ancient and appears in the Bible! He must take direct orders from God... Separation of Church and State! Separation of Church and State!"[/B]

    This whole issue is silly. The guy who warmed up McCain's crowd was an ass, but he's a hack radio host, what do you expect? And, by the way, it is [B]no[/B] [B]different[/B] from Hillary's team releasing pictures of Obama in the traditional Muslim garb of Kenya.[/QUOTE]

    Please tell me you are kidding.

    And you are right , what Hillary did releasing that photo is disgraceful and just as bad as those who keep calling him Hussein

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2391507]Uhh..he himself and members in his close circle, not to mention famly members refer to him as "Dubya". When was the last time Obama referred to himself as Hussein? When was the last time any family member or friend called him Hussein?[/QUOTE]

    I don't know, I don't hang out with them in the privacy of their home.
    Do you?

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2391484]Anti-semitism? Really? Don't you think you're reaching here a little bit?[/QUOTE]

    Anti-semitism under the guise of anti-arabism(new word?)

    Pretty sneaky.

    And since McCain trashed the guy for doing it, why is it even an issue?

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