( I profoundly hope this will be my last post on President Barack Obama)
Remember BusHitler? Perhaps you’ve seen Shrillery and Romoney. President Obama has inspired a naming frenzy far beyond the slanging epithets of other campaigns.
In Islamic tradition, Allah has 99 names, or more properly, attributes, such as “Allah the Merciful.” It occurred to me that President Obama who is something of a demigod himself in some quarters might have at least as many, so I began collecting them some months ago, and the amount rose rapidly.
There are two reasons for this.
First, a large portion of the electorate, and that of core includes me, profoundly disapprove of Mr. Obama, his foundational philosophy, administration, and plans, such as they are, for our future. This dislike appears across the internet in the nearly endless plays on the President’s name.
The second is linguistic. Consider the huge number of words beginning with “ob” and the even vaster total starting simply with “o,” and the President is cooked. That his name begins and ends with a vowel doesn’t help, and even more variants can be added by using words ending in those vowels, as prefixes and suffixes.
Then there is the vocative imperative s in “Oh, bite me!”
The word plays fall into recognizable categories. Let’s look at a few.
Obamamugabe, Hugobama, Maobama derive from the President’s authoritarian leanings. HoBama sounds like a ghetto epithet, but was a reference to Ho Chi Minh.
Quite a number point to the President’s Islamophilia . Obama bin Laden is pretty obvious and is a slip of the tongue that even experience newscasters have made. My spell check must know something as it want to change “Obama” to “Osama.” More and more writers are avoiding this by spelling the dead terrorist’s name “Usama,” which is in fact closer to the actual Arabic.
Buraq Obama is a bit subtler. The buraq was the flying steed that transported Muhammed to Jerusalem and back one night. Then there is Obamatollah.
Some, such as Obongo( although this first one could be a reference to long time dictator Omar Bongo of Gabon) and Obango might be considered racist. T’Won(the one) and Teh Won are reminiscent of some of the idiosyncratic spelling in names favored by some African Americans. Not all of these names are derived directly from the president’s name.
There is “Chocolate Jesus.” Before calling “racism,” one should consider that this is likely derived from “Chicago Jesus,” coined by David Axelrod. Others of this sort are “Captain Zero” and” “President Downgrade,” commemorating the president’s presiding over the first ever downgrading of U.S. credit.
Others refer to Mr. Obama’s performance in office: Obumble, which also produces the morphological variants Obumbler and Obumbles.
There are many more.
In Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 story “The Nine Billion Names of God” the universe comes to an end when some Tibetan monks use a super computer to write out all the possible names of God. President Obama is still a long way from nine billion names, but if he’s around for another four years he will easily garner another ninety nine or more. In that case the stars will not fall from the sky as they did in the story, but the Stars and Stripes may well.
Slightly more than 99 names follow:
|Barack huisinsane Obama|
|Kim Il Bo|
|Obama bin Laden|
|Obama bin Lyin|
|Occupier inc hief|