President-elect Obama says he plans to use all three of his names when he takes the oath of office in January, giving voice to a name that was used heard during the campaign except by critics.
In his first post-election newspaper interview, with reporters from the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, Obama was asked: “Do you anticipate being sworn in as Barack Obama or Barack Hussein Obama?"
He replied: “I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement one way or the other. I'll do what everybody else does.”
As Politico correctly points out, there is no such tradition. The last three presidents used their middle names as well as Roosevelt and Kennedy but other modern presidents used middle initials or no middle name at all. Johnson, hastily sworn in on Air Force One, did not insert his name at all. Oddest was the case of Harry S. Truman, where the "S" stood for nothing at all!
Hey Obama! Why Not Just Use Whatever Name is on Your Long Form Vault Sealed Birth Certificate!
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