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Barack Hussein Obama

Post by T on Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:05 pm

I've noticed more and more, that when speaking of Barack Obama, critics nearly always include his middle name, Hussein. This attempt to link Obama to Saddam Hussein is obvious, but silly. This is like linking every “Joseph” of the world to Stalin.

Is it due to their ignorance or might they be hoping their choir can be easily incited and misled?

Barack and Hussein are Semitic names. Americans have been named with Semitic names since the founding of our country. Many of our presidents have had Semitic names. For example: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, and Abraham Lincoln.

"Barack" is a Semitic word meaning "to bless" [verb] or "blessing" [noun]. In its Hebrew form, "barak" is found all through the Bible. "Hussein" is from the Semitic word "hasan", meaning "good" or "handsome."

John Sidney McCain’s first name is Semitic just as is Obama's. “John” is from the Hebrew “Yochanan“, or “gift of God“, which became Johan and then John. For what it’s worth, John McCain's adopted daughter, Bridget, is originally from Bangladesh. Hussein is a very common name in Bangladesh. It is completely possible that her birth father or grandfather was named Hussein. McCain surely has Muslim relatives via adoption in his family.

If Muslim relatives or Semitic names are a disqualification from high office in the United States, then both Obama and McCain are in trouble.

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Post by C on Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:06 pm

Barack and Hussein are Semitic words. Americans have been named with Semitic names since the founding of the republic. Fourteen of our 43 presidents have had Semitic names (see below). And American English contains many Arabic-derived words that we use every day and without which we would be much impoverished. America is a world civilization with a world heritage, something Cunningham will never understand.
Barack is a Semitic word meaning "to bless" as a verb or "blessing" as a noun. In its Hebrew form, barak, it is found all through the Bible. It first occurs in Genesis 1:22 -- "And God blessed (ḇāreḵə) them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth."

Here is a list of how many times barak appears in each book of the Bible.

Now let us take the name "Hussein." It is from the Semitic word hasan, meaning "good" or "handsome." Husayn is the diminutive, affectionate form.

Barack Obama's middle name is in honor of his grandfather, Hussein, a secular resident of Nairobi, Kenya. Americans may think of Saddam Hussein when they hear the name, but that is like thinking of Stalin when you hear the name Joseph. There have been lots of Husseins in history, from the grandson of the prophet Mohammed, a hero who touched the historian Gibbon, to King Hussein of Jordan, one of America's most steadfast allies in the 20th century. The author of the beloved American novel "The Kite Runner" is Khaled Hosseini.

But in Obama's case, it is just a reference to his grandfather.

It is worth pointing out that John McCain's adopted daughter, Bridget, is originally from Bangladesh. Since Hussein is a very common name in Bangladesh, it is entirely possible that her birth father or grandfather was named Hussein. McCain certainly has Muslim relatives via adoption in his family. If Muslim relatives are a disqualification from high office in the United States, then McCain himself is in trouble. In fact, since Bridget is upset that George W. Bush doesn't like her "because she is black," and used her to stop the McCain campaign in South Carolina in 2000, you understand why McCain would be especially sensitive to race baiting of Cunningham's sort. The question is how vigorously he will combat it; he hasn't been above Muslim taunting in the campaign so far. (And the McCains really should let Bridget know that she is Asian, not "black." The poor girl; Bush and Rove have done a number on her, and Cindy's confusion can't help.)
The other thing to say about grandfathers named Hussein is that very large numbers of African-Americans probably have an ancestor 10 or 11 generations ago with that name, in what is now Mali or Senegal or Nigeria. And since so many thousands of Arab Muslims were made to convert to Catholicism in Spain after 1501, many Latinos have distant ancestors named Hussein, too. In fact, since there was a lot of Arab-Spanish intermarriage, and since there was subsequent Spanish intermarriage with other European Catholics, more European Americans are descended from a Hussein than they realize. The British royal family is quite forthright about the Arab line in its ancestry going back to Andalusia.

Obama, being a cousin of Dick Cheney on one side and having relatives in Kenya on the other, is just more and more typical of the 21st century United States.

So, anyway, Obama's first two names mean "blessing, the good." If we are lucky enough to get him for president, we can only hope that his names are prophetic for us.

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Re: Barack Hussein Obama

Post by steve on Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:26 pm

Much ado about nothing.

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Post by Admin on Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:40 pm

I think you would be right Steve, if Hussein wasn’t used in a way to try to influence the upcoming presidential election with unfounded scare tactics instead of debating the serious issues that face us. We’ve already had some discussions on this issue and it appears even John McCain publicly condemns this type of behavior.

Thank you T, for once again bringing this to our attention.
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Re: Barack Hussein Obama

Post by steve on Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:24 pm

Admin wrote:I think you would be right Steve, if Hussein wasn’t used in a way to try to influence the upcoming presidential election with unfounded scare tactics instead of debating the serious issues that face us. We’ve already had some discussions on this issue and it appears even John McCain publicly condemns this type of behavior.

Thank you T, for once again bringing this to our attention.

I have no qualms about his name or his heritage, but I have serious concerns about his philosophy and conscience. He appears to be blowing in the wind on several major issues, and he has yet to clearly identify his intentions on taxes, corporate windfalls, entitlements, immigration, health care and energy. He speaks of "CHANGE", but the only thing I see changing is his stance on the issues.

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