The stereotyping of Barack Obama’s name needs to end immediately. It is not only insulting but degrading. The latest idiot to grace the stage is Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King . He recently said to a local newspaper, the Daily Reporter, that terrorists would be “dancing in the streets” if Barack Obama is elected president. He echoed the sentiments of Cincinnati talk-show host Bill Cunningham who referred to Obama three times as “Barack Hussein Obama” while he introduced John McCain.
King based his prediction on Obama’s pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein. He continued to make his misguided points by saying “the radical Islamists, the Al Qaeda … would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror.”
King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world. “His middle name does matter,” King said. “It matters because they read a meaning into that.” This is the danger we face in this country with narrow-minded people like Mr. King. Barack Obama is not responsible for the names he was given and those names in no way determine his self-worth, professionalism or his qualifications to be the President of the United States. This is the type of bigotry that Michelle Obama referred to in her speech about being happy in America. Let’s be realistic, there are many factions in this country that would vote for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama because of the color of his skin. That is a real shame and elected officials such as Mr. King, should represent their constituencies in every sense of the word and not to be so narrow-minded and insulting to Americans.
I have no problem if he dislikes Obama’s position on the issues, but do not denigrate this man because of his name and, in essence, his ethnicity. That is something we all have no control over. Again, let me reiterate, his name has nothing to do with his self-worth, his professionalism and his readiness to be president. Barack Obama has been forthright about the fact that his father is Kenyan and he spent part of his childhood in largely Muslim Indonesia, but he is a Christian. Do we not have Christians living in Africa and even Iraq, for that matter? Does being from Jamaica make me a symphatizer to the Rastafarian culture? Or, does living in Utah automatically make one a Mormon engaged in polygamy? I think not. So, how many times must Obama say that he is a Christian and not a Muslim? Just my thoughts, you be the judge….