All In a Name: Obama's Simple Plan to Reach Out to Muslims

All In a Name: Obama's Simple Plan to Reach Out to Muslims


Just like all presidents before him, the President-elect plans to be sworn in using his full name: Barack Hussein Obama. Although Obama said that by using his full name, he's just doing what every other president did, he also told the Chicago Tribune, that he has a unique opportunity to renovate relations with the Muslim world. He hopes to "create a relationship of mutual respect and partnership in countries and with peoples of goodwill who want their citizens and ours to prosper together."

Obama's Muslim-community outreach won't end on Inauguration Day. The president-elect also plans to deliver a major address in an Islamic capital as president.

The election of the first African-American president with the middle name "Hussein" surely reveals an openness not seen in many other countries. Maybe all those Obama supporters who changed their middle names to Hussein on Facebook actually reduced the stigma, transforming the name from a campaign liability to a tool of US diplomacy.

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