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“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

On Inauguration Day, President Obama will take the oath of office using his full name.

Q: Do you anticipate being sworn in as Barack Obama or Barack Hussein Obama?

Obama: 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.

That means according to Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution, he will say the following words:

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute theoffice ofPresident of the United States, and will to the best of my ability,preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Watch for the Islamophobe tinfoil crowd to start claiming he will take the oath with his hand on the Qur’an instead of the Bible.

UPDATE (Jan 20th, 2009) – video of Obama taking the oath:

The stammer was because Chief Justice Roberts flubbed the oath :)



  • NightLad

    Well, it is his name. I mean, if his name happened to be Barack Bigbird Obama he’d have to say that too, right? I don’t see the big deal.
    I find it funny that so many American’s have an issue with a president who has a Mid-Eastern middle name, when the majority of those people are Christian, which is a Mid-Eastern religion. (Despite that many of them like to forget that fact.)

  • Normm

    I am not sure but the last inaugrations has seen the middle names used in repeatng the oath. One that sticks out is William Jefferson Clinton. So Barrack Hussein Obama or what ever sounds good to me.

  • Rachel

    Why is everybody “harping” on this man’s name? It’s very annoying. I’m trying to figure out the reasoning behind pointing out that his name says Hussein. I served in the United States Army with someone with the last name Hussein and he was by far no threat to us. People need to find something else worth talking about. Let’s talk about world hunger, domestic violence, child abuse, and unemployment.

  • floma flo

    well, if all the documents of Obama contain all his three names, then why delete the other or if he feels that he should use even the one he never used before, let him do that for full recognition around the world and moreso, in respect of the African inheritance of names, its sooo important. so i encourage him to use all the names he has. thanx

  • Your Name

    By the way, what is so important about ruling a ountry,is it the name or the ability that someone has to head the country, am confused.why is everyone concern about Obama’s middle name, will it have any impact on the American citizens or world. people should stop thinking about the names, better think of tomorrow. OK.

  • floma

    well, some blind people might read and misunderstand the name “Hussein” to be “insane”that is not the case that name is perfectly spelt and it has no strings attached. just organise yo appetites to enjoy the man’s developments, live the name issue aside.
    thanx..asante..alakara..apwoyo..webalenyo..iyalama

  • Your Name

    I don’t think it will make anything “big” , Moslem people may not claim that Hussein is Moslem word it may be universal word specially in Arabic country , in my country Indonesia we have many non Moslem use this word as a name of a person , So for mr.Barack Husein Obama ,don’t take any care about this isssue the most important thing you have to proof thatyou can give a good things for USA and the rest of the world specially to recover American worst face/reputation in front of the people in this planet which have been put by Mr.Bush in the last 8 yrs worst.Tq

  • Ilene Richards

    Islamophobes are simply bigots. No more no less. Of course they will all come crawling out of the dirt and try and fail again to discredit Bsrack Hussein Obama as he is sworn in to this amazing presidency. What else is new? So, what do those of us do who, despising the ignorant rhetoric of these creeps become disgusted and wring our hands at their slime? What we always do–Fight them with our ideas. Someday maybe we will have a society that is truly all inclusive and free from bigotry. Until that time we know we have a long road ahead before we finally create a society of true democracy.

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