Friday, December 12, 2008

"Obama Jones" (I knew this would happen)

This could be bad.

More parents name infants after Obama

BUCHAREST, Romania — By his own admission, Barack Obama was "a skinny kid with a funny name," but that isn't stopping proud parents from Romania to Indonesia from naming their newborns after the U.S. president-elect.

"When I saw Obama on TV, my heart swelled with joy. I thought he was one of us Gypsies because of his skin color," said Maria Savu, whose infant grandson — Obama Sorin Ilie Scoica — was born in the central Romania village of Rusciori.

Obama's victory also moved Sugiarto, a 36-year-old security guard in Jakarta, Indonesia, and his wife, Sularsih, to name their new son after him.

Indonesia, a Muslim nation, is unabashedly Obama-crazy — in part because Obama spent four years there as a child.

"He's great, isn't it?" said Sularsih, 34, rubbing the cheek of their sleeping 1-month-old, Husein Obama. "I think it's a beautiful name for him. And who knows? Maybe one day he'll be president of Indonesia."

Americans also have been naming children for Obama. Patrick and Sasha Hall Fisher of Hollywood, Fla., are credited as being the first: Sanjae Obama Fisher was born a few hours before news outlets declared Obama to be the new president-elect.

Fine. If you want to give your kid a stupid name that's just fine. I've seen names like Tripp, Pia, Cable, Satchel, or Sobriety and that is fine. But the thing that bothers me is that they name kids after him as if he's accomplished something, as if he is some kind of hero. Shoot, if he could pull a decent presidency then I'll understand, but until then, the man has done nothing to deserve such an honor as being named after.


But Obama's victory has had a special resonance in corners of the world where the poor and underprivileged see him as an example of the change they crave.

In Romania, Banel Nicolita, a member of Romania's national soccer team, is a Gypsy who comes from a family of eight who once lived in a house made of mud. His accomplishments, against all odds, have earned him the nickname "the Obama of Romanian football."

Hold it. Obama has never been underprivileged. Sure maybe he grew up without the privilege of having a father in his life but he was never as poor as these gypsy's who live on $66 a month for several children. Obama went to boarding school. He traveled to more states and countries in his youth than most kids these days. He went to Harvard for crying out loud! Don't tell me he accomplished something "against all odds." What a slap in the face to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even Oprah has a better story of inspiration and is more deserving of such an honor as having children named after her. Her story is more along the lines of the Gypsy poverty, not privileged like Obama. What a crock. I hope Obama fails. I hope he is directly tied to the Chicago thugs and Illinois Governor scandal is is given the boot.

Right. In my dreams.

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