Skip to comments.When is a Middle Name Fair Game: George Felix Allen and Barack Hussein Obama
Posted on 02/26/2008 3:04:53 PM PST by kristinn
Two years ago, the Senate campaign of Virginia Democrat Jim Webb delighted in repeating ad nauseum the middle name of his opponent, Sen. George Allen.
The news media had a good laugh as Webb tried to undermine Allen's good ol' boy image by reminding voters of his non-hillbilly middle name, Felix.
An example of the Webb campaign's tactics can be found in an excerpt of a press release reported June 27, 2006, by the Hotline:
George Felix Allen Jr. and his bush-league lapdog, Dick Wadhams, have not earned the right to challenge Jim Webbs position on free speech and flag burning. Jim Webb served and fought for our flag and what it stands for, while George Felix Allen Jr. chose to cut and run. When he and his disrespectful campaign puppets attack Jim Webb they are attacking every man and woman who served. Their comments are nothing more than weak-kneed attacks by cowards. George Felix Allen Jr. needs to apologize to Jim Webb and to all men and women who have served our nation."
In one paragraph, Allen's middle name was used three times with malicious intent. The junior bit was incorrect, Allen's NFL head coach father's name was George Herbert Allen.
Without casting judgment, and with a touch of whimsy,The Hill noted on Feb. 14, 2006, this tactic of the Webb campaign:
Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is taking hits for something he cant control: his middle name. Allens Democratic challenger this year set about to referring to Allen sneeringly in press releases as George Felix Allen Jr., a ploy to draw attention to the senators quirky middle name, one more readily associated with the animated Felix the Cat or the Odd Couples Felix Unger than with great statesmen.
Byron York has noted that liberal blogs and the Webb campaign reveled in using Allen's middle name:
Of course, all this might generate a little more sympathy had not some Democrats in recent months become so fond of the name "George Felix Allen, Jr." During the campaign, winning Senate candidate James Webb routinely referred to his opponent as George Felix Allen, Jr. (just search for the name at webbforsenate.com.) Although it wasn't even correct Allen, whose father's middle name was Herbert, wasn't a junior the use of Allen's full name was clearly a campaign strategy, first, to diminish Allen, and then, after news of Allen's Jewish ancestry emerged, to make an oblique reference to that.
Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein, was first brought up in the context of the 2008 presidential campaign in December 2006 by Ed Rogers, a Republican strategist, on MSNBC's Hardball.
Slate columnist David Wallis wrote a surprisingly realistic assessment of the dust up that followed:
Just days after Barack Obama mused about running for president, Republican strategist Ed Rogers winged the senator on Hardball. "Count me down as somebody who underestimates Barack Hussein Obama," sneered Rogers, carefully enunciating Obama's middle namea family moniker passed down from his Kenyan father and grandfather.
Obama's camp, which had not hidden their man's middle name or bragged about it, cried foul. "It wasn't a slip of the tongue, I know that," Obama's communications director, Robert Gibbs, told Maureen Dowd. "You can't solve Iraq with a campaign about people's middle names."
But you can't solve Iraq if your unfortunate middle name blocks your path to the White House, either. Obama's name tests the limits of American nomenclatural tolerance. Just say his full name to yourself. "Barack" is unfamiliar but innocuous. "Hussein" is the name of a loathed dictator and enemy. And Obama sounds eerily like the world's most wanted terrorist. (Right-wing Web site Freerepublic.com has featured a photoshopped image of "Senator Osama Obama," and Rush Limbaugh has called him "Obama Osama.")
One would be hard pressed to find a similar reasonable response these days when Obama's middle name is used. Between the mainstream media, the Democrats and John McCain, the use of 'Barack Hussein Obama' has been declared off limits.
This afternoon the AP reported that McCain denounced the use of Obama's middle name:
Asked whether the use of Obama's middle name the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is proper, McCain said: "No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate."
I've searched and have not found an instance of McCain denouncing the use of George Allen's middle name.
Perhaps we need a new rule. Call it the Barack Hussein Obama rule. No liberal politician can be called by their middle name or middle initial. No more Martin Luther King--just Martin King from now on. No more John F. Kennedy--just John Kennedy. No more Hillary Rodham Clinton--just Hillary Clinton. No more Harry S Truman--just Harry Truman. No more FDR, LBJ, JFK, or RFK. Of course we'll still have Republicans like Richard Milhous Nixon to kick around with the Barack Hussein Obama rule.
At a time when America is at war with Islamic radicals, many of whom have Arab Muslim names, Americans are being bludgeoned with the hammer of political correctness to not take into account the name and background of a potential president of the United States who just happens to have an Arab Muslim name.
The double standard of tolerating the use of 'George Felix Allen' while denouncing the use of 'Barack Hussein Obama' would be laughable if the fate of our nation weren't at stake.
John F-ing Kerry
Very good. We apparently will have a whole new set of rules this year. No criticism of the Democratic candidate whatsoever.
John Wayne Gacy!
If Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t think his name accurately reflects who he is, he should have changed it when he turned 18. The fact that he did not, means that he has to accept any baggage that comes along with it.
And McCain has already started down that road. You wait, the race card is coming out. Any critique of 0’bambi at all will be met with howls of racism, followed by immediate back-pedaling by the offender.
James Melonhead Webb
(attributed to The Great One, Mark Levin).
Felix means “happy” in Latin.
Maybe John doesn’t want to be referred to as John Sidney McCain.
And McCain has already started down that road. You wait, the race card is coming out. Any critique of 0’bambi at all will be met with howls of racism, followed with immediate back-pedaling by the offender.
Barack Hussein Obama
George W. Bush
George Herbert Walker Bush
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
James Earl Carter
And then there are...
John Wilkes Booth
Lee Harvey Oswald
James Earl Ray
Sirhan "AYSMTRHN" Sirhan (AYSMTRHN=Are you Shitting Me That's Really His Name)
Give campaign time, this is still primaries. and anything can happen. I dont think mccain knew what exactly happened. He has been compared himself by radio talk show hosts as an agent of kgb *L* He wants a campaign on issues and policies.
Rules are different when applied *FOR* Democrats.
You see -
Democrats are allowed to be disparaging with homophobia - see Larry Craig. This is not allowed for Barney Frank.
Democrats are allowed to use charges of impropriety against Republicans as evidence, see Tom Delay. This is not allowed for William Jefferson freezing cash.
Democrats are allowed to use negative sex stories, see the recent NY Times attack on John McCain. This is not allowed for Bill Clinton’s affairs.
Democrats are allowed to attack people based on religion, see the anti-Mormon rhetoric used against Mitt Romney. This is not allowed for Barack Obama’s Islamic ties.
Democrats are allowed to investigate endlessly claims by Valerie Plame. This is not allowed against Sandy Burger.
Democrats like Bill Clinton are allowed to fire any lawyers they wish when they win the Presidency. This is not allowed for eight Democrat lawyers when George W Bush wins the Presidency.
Democrats are allowed to have their justices confirmed, and Senatorial decorum extended to the executive’s choices despite ideological differences. This is not allowed for Republican nominees, in which advice and consent is now stressed.
It goes on and on...
“I’d like to buy a vowel please.”
BTW I cant stand my middle name either. Hubbies mom was smart his middle name is just an initial *L*
and i was named after the talking donkey so she said *L*
Henceforth, it will quite properly be: Barack H. Obama...Barack H. Obama...Barack H. Obama...(The media has just locked it in...)
His middle name should be included in any article that includes his name imo. Adding it in brackets doesn’t violate any FR rules and does not mess up the search function.
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