Obama’s name game, &c.

Appearing on The View, President Obama was asked whether this year’s election would be tight. He said, “When your name is Barack Obama, it’s always tight.” The View’s Joy Behar, instantly grasping his meaning, I believe, chimed in, “Barack Hussein Obama.”

To me, it could hardly be clearer that Obama was in self-pitying mode: “I am too different for white-bread America. It’s so hard to win these elections.” During the 2008 campaign, he laid great stress on his name. Over and over, he said, “They’re trying to scare you about me. ‘He’s got a funny name, you know. He doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.’” He gave some variation on this line at stop after stop.

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