For months during the presidential campaign it was deemed a slur by the mainstream media to even mention Barack Obama’s middle name. Ultra-sensitive to what people might have thought upon hearing it, liberals were outraged when conservatives called him “Barack Hussein Obama”, while conservatives were (admittedly) mildly amused by it. But recently it was revealed that Obama himself has decided to use the moniker when he is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president on Jan. 20, 2009.
So, suddenly, and solely because of Obama's decision, the media has accepted his middle name as politically correct when it was not politically correct for so long. What was going on here? It definitely proved that the political correctness expected during the last presidential campaign was out of line. It also alludes that political correctness itself is ridiculous.
Obama is proud of his name, and he should be. He therefore also should have been proud of it earlier this year, right? If all other presidential candidates are known by their three names why should Obama have not been known by his three names back during the campaign?