Ashamed? Democrats strike Obama's middle name from Texas textbooks (video)
Conservatives felt President Obama should be provided the honor of having his full name in Texas social studies textbooks. However, alarmed Democrats quickly shot down that idea pleading that Obama's middle name "Hussein" be striked and only the middle initial used.
David Bradley, a white businessman from Beaumont, motioned that the president’s legal name should be used, Barack Hussein Obama. “I think we give him the full honor and privilege of his full name.”
“I am getting pretty fed up with this,” said Democrat Mary Helen Berlanger. “You don’t have to be derogatory. We don’t always put in Jefferson in William Jefferson Clinton.”
“The intent behind what you are doing I think is pretty obvious,” said Republican Bob Craig.
"This is our first black president," said board member Mavis Knight, who is black. "You are making it sound humiliating.”
“I ask the member to withdraw the motion and move forward in a dignified manner," said Democrat Rick Agusto.
and finally, Please Mr. Bradley, don't use the middle name," said Democrat Lawrence Allen. "You know it's going to have a negative connotation in the press. Yes, it's his birth name, but you know the significance it will play in the press. We don't have to deal with it." Finally Bradley relented. "To put an end to the whining I withdraw the motion," he said.
Knight shot back, “I don’t consider it whining.”
Obviously, Democrats consider Obama's middle name, Hussein, to be a negative. Perhaps Obama may as well, quoted in Alter's book saying "My name is Barack Hussein Obama and I'm sitting here," Obama answered "So yeah, I'm feeling pretty lucky." During his campaign, Obama called himself "a skinny kid with a funny name". At some time Barack was Barry but who changed it and why remains a mystery.
Were the Democrats concerned that all mentions of "Hussein" lead to the following videos with another Texan or perhaps remind folks of a school house chant, "Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama..."?
DALLAS, Texas —DMN reports that "Board member Mavis Knight, D-Dallas, called the proposal a travesty.'The board has made these standards political and had little academic discussion about what students need to learn," she said. 'I am ashamed of what we have done to the students and teachers of this state.' "
Board member Geraldine Miller, R-Dallas, was absent for both votes, on postponement and then final adoption.