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I Barack Hussein Obama Do Solemnly Swear...

President-elect Obama has said he plans to take the oath of office using his full name "Barack Hussein Obama" as other presidents -- though not all of them -- traditionally have done.

But somehow, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies didn't get the memo.

The joint committee today released the full schedule of Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremonies, which aides say is due to go to print this week. The schedule refers to the president-elect throughout the program as "Barack H. Obama" not "Barack Hussein Obama."

After listing musical selections by composer John Williams and renowned musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and others, the schedule says, "Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama."

The inaugural address, according to the program, will be given by "the President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama."

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune earlier this month, Obama said he wouldn't shy away from using his full name when he's sworn in as the 44th president of the United States as he did on the campaign trail.

During the campaign, his detractors repeatedly referred to him as "Hussein" in a vain attempt to perpetuate an Internet-fueled myth that Obama, who is a Christian, is Muslim.

"I think we've got a unique opportunity to reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular,'' Obama told the Tribune, adding that he wanted to "create a relationship of mutual respect and partnership in countries and with peoples of good will who want their citizens and ours to prosper together."

The world, he said, "is ready for that message."

Presidential Inaugural Committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass says as far as she knows Obama still plans to use his full name for his swearing in. She pointed to the president-elect's interview with the Tribune, specifically citing this quote from Obama:

"I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition. I'm not trying to make a statement one way or another. I'll do what everybody else does.''

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 17, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
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So is he going to be sworn in as Barack H. Obama or Barack Hussein Obama? I don't see why it makes a huge difference, but I would actually be pretty proud of the country if he trusts the People enough to just use his full name. There should be no shame in having a name that reflects his heritage... my sense is that most of the country would not even notice.

Douglas Phillabaum

Posted by: philabam | December 17, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"During the campaign, his detractors repeatedly referred to him as "Hussein" in a vain attempt to perpetuate an Internet-fueled myth that Obama, who is a Christian, is Muslim."

Only the bigots care. Heck, America elected a Milhaus as President. Hoe did THAT turn out?

Posted by: thebobbob | December 17, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

What is all the commontion abou?? Very strage.. France has a jewish president The Netherlands have a reformed-calvinist PM, Mexico has a roman catholic president, so whtt!! it is of no importance waht religious back ground they have, it s about how they do their job...america isn; t it time to grow up?? maybe???

Here in the new world of the EU we have seperation of church and state, maybe a good idea?

Posted by: wkv123 | December 18, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

This is supposed to be an intelligent forum of (hopefully) well-thought-out commentary, rather than poorly-spelled outbursts that can only suggest the education level of the commentator.
"wkv123" is apparently European, but that doesn't fully excuse misspelling every other word while chastising America and Americans as immature and childish.
One thing you can be sure of...if Mr. Obama uses only "H." or leaves out "Hussein" altogether from his oath of office, we will still be hearing about it from all his detractors long after he has left office. He can help to dispel some of this by using his full name without even the hint of embarrassment or discomfort. To do otherwise will suggest he does, indeed, have something to hide regarding what his middle name really means to him...
As Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? A [politician] by any other name would smell just as..."
... Well, you get the idea...

Posted by: rhewitt | December 18, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Please, get this fricking not citizen of this country out of the WH.

Posted by: nsabetus | December 18, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

No, no, no! It's "I Barry Dunham, aka Barry Obama aka Barry Soetoro now known as Barack Hussein Obama..." This guy is a mug shot not a President!

Posted by: vgailitis | December 18, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I assume nsabetus is one of the bigots mentioned in one of the above posts. I personally look forward to Mr Obama being sworn in and changing the way your country is seen all over the world and also a new age of tolerance and hopefully peace. I do hope as a Scotswoman my opinion is valid.

Posted by: jrdonline | December 18, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Whether President Elect Obama chooses to use his middle name or not is immaterial, the oath of office will be valid either way. I personally hope he will use it since there is nothing wrong with the name. nsabetus and vgailitis, PE Obama has been legally elected to the Presidency by a majority of those who voted. Get over your unfounded hatefulness and bigotry and get on with helping the new administration and the citizens of the U.S. to climb out of the morass of the last eight years.

Posted by: pamela18335 | December 18, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Won't JakeD be proud!

Posted by: nodebris | December 18, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

This country can learn to live with history-making inaugurations. Too bad that a change in administration does not change the bigotry and hatred in this country, not to mention ignorance.

I take this young, inspirational, intelligent and sensitive man to take the helm of the country's direction gladly. I hope he will take the 'high road' to many of the disparaging remarks made about him, his family and his heritage.

Our country needs to heal and recover from the disastrous outcome of skewed philosophies by those whose views of power came to serve this country's riches to only me, mine, and ours.

Take a look at where we are and where we want to be. Shoes being thrown at an American Presidents is unprecedented. The lack of respect and mutual misunderstanding is evident.

I want to go back to where the US is viewed as a true champion of ideals, human rights, human dignity with respect to other's right to be exactly where they are inspired to be. I want us to reach out in human kindness where people all over the world recognize that we stand as a beacon of hope and benevolence towards all. To those who wish us harm in violent acts, let the rule of international law be respected and actively sought. Let there be trust in the knowledge that we are true to our word, our history and our heritage.

Olga Olivia

Posted by: olgaolivia | December 18, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sm98yth | December 18, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I say "Hussein" without disdain!

Posted by: SGall23241 | December 18, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: myworld | December 18, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I see the gossip/hate mongers are as ignorant as ever.
Get over it, you lost the Dems won. Get on board with Obama or move to Afganistan.

The president of France is a Greek Orthodox who converted to Judaism.

Posted by: katerinaDeligiannis | December 18, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama should use his complete and full name at all times. This is the name his parents gave him...So what if he have an arab or middle eastern middle name... so damn what? I am so sick and tired of racist, bigots trying to make something of nothing regarding Barack's middle name and of his person in general. Barack is a man and a fine, gorgeous one at that. He wears pants just like most other males. He is an intelligent man, a family man, a kind man, and a spirited man who happens to be a man of beautiful and proud color and a man who happens to be the next president of these United States; the most powerful man on the planet!!!! Wake up and smell the coffee. It is what it is and Barack Hussein is "THE" man!!!!!! LMAO and loving it!

Posted by: MsE1 | December 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Stay proud and humble, Mr President, Barack Hussein Obama.....

Posted by: MsE1 | December 18, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: akber_kassam | December 18, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: atsegga | December 18, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | December 18, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The name Hussein is given to pious Muslims who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca; the family may use the name in perpetuity, far as I know. Therefore, it is an honor to carry the name. Barack Obama was named for his father. Papa was a lapsed Muslim; son is a Christian. 'Hussein' is still an honorable name, and I feel he should use it.
As for being called 'Barry,' it was a nickname. Many children have nicknames when they are young which are not used as they age. So what?
This 13th generation Christian American has no problem whatsoever with "Hussein". You will recall that Saddam Hussein was almost always referred to by his first name, not his last. I always assumed it was so as not to insult pious Muslims. Saddam, of course, was insult enough.

Posted by: Mytwocents13 | December 18, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I really don't care how he signs in as long as he refuses to show his birth certificate, passport, and school records he will NEVER be my president. It is not to much to ask. Everyone is naive to think he doesn't have to. He can stop all the talk and use the money he is spending on lawyers to help people that need it. Our constitution is worth to much to not be followed. If he shows his papers I will gladly support him.

Posted by: NANCYT1 | December 18, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama has every right to chose whether or not to use his whole name. I think he should use his whole name given him at birth. In using his full name would not affect his position as President. The whole world know that his name is a Muslim name and the whole world should know that he is a christian and not a Muslim. Even if he was a muslim, so what?

Posted by: lclon | December 18, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please explain to me why the Prez2B needs to show people his birth certificate, passport, etc. How is that not shameless and bigoted profiling?

I'll bet nobody ever even asked the current Prez for his driver's license. We see how well that has turned out.

"W" should never have been allowed to drive his truck on the back 40 in Crawford, much less have been allowed to steer this country into a ditch it will take us decades to get out of -- if we are lucky.

I doubt Clinton was asked either. Granted he wasn't as bad on policy, but he refused to deny his concupiscence. The whole nation had to spend 2 miserable years focused on the contents of his britches.

I'm sure I'll get mad at by-then President Obama about something before his inauguration suit comes back from the cleaners, but I still think we're lucky to have him.

I also hope he will use his whole name when being sworn in. Hussein is the name of an incredibly important and honored prophet. Children need to hear it, just as much as they need to hear the names Fitzgerald, Baines, Milhaus, Rudolf, Earl, Jefferson and Walker.

Besides, it will give Bin Laden a few more days of heartburn and I am for anything that gives that vessel of evil any pain possible.

Posted by: gatamontez | December 19, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama, sounds like music to my ears, and any cowardly bigot that has a problem with the name can have a kick in the teeth from yours truly, free of charge of course.

Posted by: greenmean | December 19, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

There are some commentaries that imply that PE Obama is not worthy of the office to which he has been elected. As a Nader supporter, I have no problem giving this man breathing room and see how he serves this nation and, for that matter, the world. Some on this post need to get a grip on reality whether one believes he needs to "prove" his citizenship, or whatever the claim may be, let's just give him a chance. He has earned it! Unlike some with perfectly well known "American names" who have only sullied this country's image such as Jack Abramhoff, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George Bush, Tom DeLay....the list is endless. You know, good ol' "Americans" like the ones I just mentioned with good ol' "American" sounding and accepted names. Next to these people, some who took relatively the same oath, only to dishonor this country to the max, I sincerely hope that PE Obama will be a breath of fresh air. For those people who are complaining: give it a rest.

Posted by: Damascian | December 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. Chief Justice Roberts will administer the oath of office, and swear in Barack Hussein Obama as the 44 president.

Barack Obama, in accordance with Article II, to the U.S. Constitution, have for over a year now, refused to publicly disclose his true vault type birth certificate, and will start off by breaking his oath of office.

The SCOTUS, by NOT hearing the lawsuits affecting this crucial Article II, Constitutional question, and with chief Justice Roberts presiding, will be likewise, and knowingly, breaking his oath.

Until he Constitutionally proves being a "natural born citizen," Barack H. Obama is nothing more than a posing imposter, with the SCOTUS, and Roberts aiding and abetting. Clearly to date, both men have violated their Constitutional oaths. With that said, we either have a Constitutional Republic, or we have nothing. Enough of this foolishness is enough, BOTH men should be immediately IMPEACHED.

Posted by: JacksonPearson | December 19, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

As far as I'm concerned Pres-Elect Obama is welcome to take the oath of office under any form of his given name he chooses. His entire campaign was a much-needed breath of fresh air to our political system; he showed the GOP up for the spin-doctrination muddle club it has become in the past 7+ years.

As for the teapot tempest about Obama's official birth certificate, a copy of the deed has been available for all to see for months now. The document has been ruled authentic and just as sufficient as any other natural-born citizen's birth record would be. The lawsuits contesting the document's validity have been thrown out of court, over and over again---"Three strikes and you're OUT!"

So hang the whole stupid squawking points out to dry already!

Posted by: luise1 | December 19, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

To the nutters posting here: Barack Hussein Obama was born in the United States.

Here is his birth certificate:

Incidentally, there was a 2008 candidate whose eligibility for the presidency was somewhat fuzzy. That'd be John McCain, born in the Panama Canal Zone.

Posted by: AldhunDurham | December 20, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

would it be better if president-elect obama's middle name was richard - not really, because that might make us think of richard nixon. Maybe a middle name of theodore would be preferable, save for the fact that we might be reminded of ted stevens. i think he better stay with the middle name that he has, because it is apparent that whatever is his middle name the neo-cons will find some less than flattering association.

Posted by: lennykohm | December 20, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey, did you hear that the Kenyan government has gagged Obama's family there? They need permission to talk to the press. Could it be because grandma already said she was there when Barry was born-in Kenya???

Posted by: rjjrdq | December 21, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I am so very proud of our country and our PE Obama. This is truly a remarkable time and I have every faith that PE Barack Hussein Obama and his Administration will lead us in the best possible way.
As for the birth certificate and other rhetoric from those that hate, are racist, are neo-cons, and or angry republicans...he is your president too. Shame on you... SHAME ON YOU.

Posted by: NoMoreFour | December 22, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Dear Washington Post:

I lived in Fairfax County for over 25 years but moved to wonderful Montana some years ago, thank God. You people at the Post need to get out from inside the Beltway more often. I believe that you think everyone thinks like you do and naturally, you surround yourself with the same people as yourself, smug, pious, hypocritical, leftists.

Believe me, there are plenty of people in this country that do not see this guy Obama as you do, your master, your Messiah.
We are terribly afraid that this guy and his lackies, toadies, and sycophants will
bankrupt this nation. Socialism and Marxism has never worked and will not work in this country either. Why the Post supports such policies is beyond me. Remember, when this fraud Obama and the the policies of the left bring havoc to this nation, one place to blame will be the Washington Post.


Missoula, Mt

Posted by: walterndebby | December 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I hope Mr. Obama uses his full name. He will be not only the President of the USA (including bigots, haters, and the malcontents) but also the leader of the free world. The use of his full name is appropriate.

Posted by: EddieG3 | December 22, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What IS this about his not showing his birth certificate? A copy of it is on his website and has been authenticated by the court system. WHY do people keep bringing this up? His birth was also announced in the Hawaii newspaper the day after his birth. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Posted by: VAstephanie | December 22, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

VAstephanie: The problem is that there IS no problem. Barack Obama is the real deal. Poor Neocons are left with having to make up "issues" that are without foundation, have zero truth in them, and which no one with a modicum of sense believes. They practiced on WJ Clinton, honed their dubious skills on Al Gore, tried it with HR Clinton, and are now honing their switchblades for Obama.

Maybe we can find them hobbies. Like finding W's emails, getting the minutes of Cheney's energy policy meetings. That will give them something REAL to pursue.

Posted by: Mytwocents13 | December 22, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I would love it if Obama would tweek all of the detractors by bringing a copy of the Koran to his signing in. And then, just kidding, that's a gotcha!

Posted by: 2Funny | December 22, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Actually, France has a catholical president even if his mother is jewish. I don't understand how a so grand contry as America can care about the religion of its presidents. It is just a private choice, as sexuality and it should not be told and use in a political way.

Posted by: MiloAyuma | December 23, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

walterndebby posted:
We are terribly afraid that this guy and his lackies, toadies, and sycophants will
bankrupt this nation.

To all those members of the dominant species of life on this planet gifted with the capacity of critical thinking (that's case you didn't know), please try to employ that ability once in a while, independent of the tired biases that predominate today's political two party process.

Walter, that you freely admit your fears is symptomatic of the governing style of the Republican Party for at least as long as GW has been in office. Find an object to brand as evil, tell everyone who will listen that its coming to get you (ala the Boogie Man) and represent yourself as the only one who can protect you. Is it that Barrack is a black man that you express your fear of him? He was born of a white mother, and raised by white grandparents. He's a WELL educated man, a family man, a religious man (who by the way has no control over what his church pastor may choose to say during sermons), and has an unusual name (first, middle, and last). There should be nothing wrong with any of this, yet there are those who would call him unfit for whatever reason.

To fear what his administration might do is to overlook or dismiss what the outgoing Bush administration has already done. Its boggling to consider that any new administration could do worse than dubya's. How can the Obama administration not be an improvement? Do you like the consistent undermining of the Constitution by your Executive branch? Wire taps, extraordinary rendition, Abu Graib, Guantanamo... Do you think our government should be privatized with mercenaries like Blackwell, or no bid contractors like Cheney's gang at Haliburton? The White House couldn't tell you how many "private employees" they have under contract, much less what they're doing.

You have to get your head out of the sand and accept your responsibilities as a citizen of this great country, or go somewhere else. I hear Canada compares very well to the beautiful state of Montana.

Posted by: Eireboy63 | December 23, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm with phillabaum and others here... the President-Elect's middle name never gave me any pause. I was annoyed when his opposition tried to make something out of it... they were implicitly insulting all of us, by a ploy that could only work to the extent that we, the voters, harbored irrational racist bias against someone with an Arabic name. I'm pleased that Senator Obama... President-Elect Obama... thinks enough of the people to realize that, just as this appeal to bigotry didn't work for them during the election, it won't work for them now.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 23, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

In the past week months Obama has spent a lot of time fending off attacks to his being christian and not being musilm. With a name like Obama what did he expect? When JFK was elected president it was a shocker that a chatholic was elected president, and other religons are even out in left field. With all of the cries of doom and destruction of what would happen if a newly elected president was muslim; what would really happen? Would the world as we know it come to and end, and we would suffer endless tourment, hell and brimstone? What would happen if the person was not Muslim, what of a Jewish, or a Buddist, Amish, Southern Baptist, or santerian, or an athiest president. When did it become a crime to be muslim? How about the Dali Lama for president? What of a Native American traditonal of the Hopi (Dinah) variety? Sitting Bull for president? Pass the peace pipe? Pale face talk with forked tongue? Does the connection between muslisms and ists are so linked that a president has to defend himself from right wing attacks. I am not muslim

I remember the total saying that ted this country for generations, " we live in a country of god fearing christian white people".

Posted by: kristianna276 | December 23, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"Until he Constitutionally proves being a "natural born citizen,"

He has; you just refuse to recognize it and instead indulge in idiotic conspiracy theories. Notice how nobody, even in the highest ranks of the Republican Party, has ever brought this up? That's because he's a natural-born citizen of the United States, and they know it.

Posted by: SeanC1 | December 23, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

It is disturbing to read the hateful and ignorant postings here. I am trying to decide if it is a failure of our educational system, unsuccessful parenting or religious institutions that have failed to teach the Word of God.

I wish our new President the best and expect he will lead our country in a new and positive direction.

Posted by: GOWL1 | December 24, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

My middle name is Eugene so I will gladly trade with him

Posted by: rickw1 | December 24, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"What's in a name?"

Posted by: star_key2 | December 24, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

William Ayers...benefit of the doubt..., Reverend Wright...benefit of the doubt..., birth certificate...benefit of the doubt..., Wife's comments about here being proud of America now (paraphrased)...benefit of the doubt...Rod Blagojevich...benefit of the doubt...,"Spread the wealth around"...benefit of the doubt, Went to Indonesian school, but not muslim (really shouldn't matter)...benefit of the doubt, "Change"...benefit of the doubt(meant change in political parties change in White House), Pledge of allegiance, flag pin, airplane decal, special presidency symbols and "office of the president-elect sign"...benefit of the doubt, 47% of campaign money from big donors (Myth is that all donations for his campaign from small donors)..benefit of the doubt, Opted out of federal campaign financing after vowing to use it...benefit of the doubt. I think he is running up a deficit in the "benefit" of the doubt by now.

Posted by: star_key2 | December 24, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, much ado about nothing. I'll call him very simply, Barack Hussein Hero Obama if he continures to use his intelligence as he has up to now, and does not follow Corporation U.S.A.'s orders as Scumbag, George Walker Heel Thief Most Worthless, Dishonorable Bush has done for eight years. Hell, even ol' Saddam Hussein was way above Bush in terms of honesty and humanity.

Posted by: donald_mcmunn | December 24, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

For those who are foreigners commenting on here, our current Scumbag George W. Bush in office now is an evangelical Christian, and in the U.S. religion has been central to this misadministration. Scumbag W. has insisted that Jesus is his favorite philosopher, when in fact Jesus was nothing more than a carpenter and a wine drinking groupie with no particular accomplishments recorded in history. All the silly tales about him were written long after he was dead and rotted away in his grave. While some Europeans have weaned themselves of religion in government, Germany is a Christian Police State right up to today ! Wake up and smell reality.

Posted by: donald_mcmunn | December 24, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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