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Joe Hussein Smith? Obama Supporters Adopt His Middle Name

In an attempt to show support, and perhaps desensitize others, Barack Obama supporters have adopted his middle name "Hussein" as their own. Names like Kelly Hussein Crowley and Jamie Hussein Alvarez are popping up on sites like Facebook.


The traditionally Muslim name has been a weight on Obama's campaign, which must fight viral rumors that he is a Muslim, or even a terrorist. The name comes from Obama's father, a man he hardly knew, who was born a Muslim, but died an atheist, reports the New York Times. Obama is a Christian.

The New York Times writes that the tactic of solidarity has been used before, as some of the new Husseins were inspired either by the movie Spartacus in which friends of the Roman slave protect him by calling out “I am Spartacus!” to soldiers, as well as the '90s film In and Out in which students pretend to be gay to protect their gay teacher. Do you think people will be less scared of Barack's middle name, if people with "all American" names add Hussein to theirs?

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