Romeo said of Juliet, "Would a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." One has to wonder if there would have been less of a feud between the families in the Bard's play if the main characters had been Romeo Hussein Montague and Juliet Hussein Capulet. Shakespeare could have even been the first to write "Can just get along?" asked by the insertion of a character named Rodney Hussein Capulet. Or Montague. A rose by another name, after all.
There is a growing trend of late among people supporting Barack Obama to include his middle name as their own middle names. Some parents are making the discovery by finding their children's online identities at such social sites as Facebook, and are shocked to discover that the children they named at birth have adopted the Hussein moniker as well.
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 Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.Some supporters give their reason for this adaptation as being their outrage that some Republicans use Barack Hussein Obama's middle name as if it were what one dailykos contributor describes as "a cuss word" in an article entitled "We Are All Hussein" on his own blogsite.
Jeff Strabone of Brooklyn now signs credit card receipts with his newly assumed middle name, while Dan O’Maley of Washington, D.C., jiggered his e-mail account so his name would appear as “D. Hussein O’Maley.” Alex Enderle made the switch online along with several other Obama volunteers from Columbus, Ohio, and now friends greet him that way in person, too.
Personally, I don't think Republican's would have latched onto it so quickly if the candidate formerly known as Barry H. Obama hadn't made such an issue of it himself early on in the campaign, changing his position about the use of his middle name along the way, a trend, it seems, that Obama has taken up on several other issues, as well.
One can't help but be reminded of the controversy over Hillary Clinton's maiden name being used during the 90's. Yes, I know envisioning Hillary Rodham Clinton as a maiden is a stretch, but we're talking names for a moment here. During the 90's, Hillary Clinton's usage of her maiden name was "much ado about nothing," but regardless, it led to a great deal of air time for the talking heads of the dinosaur media, to the point that Hollywood made light of it as well, by adding the name "Rodham" to the names of the members of the cast of Hot Shots Part Deux.
It just goes to show, there is nothing new under the sun.
And for the record.
I, however, am not Spartacus, neither am I Hussein.
John Cleese on the other hand...
Once and Always, an American Fighting Man