Barack Hussein Obama to Take Oath
Barack Obama tells LAT that he will be sworn in as Barack Hussein Obama, saying, “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.”
In fact, as Taegan Goddard points out, there’s no hard and fast precedent. “While most presidents use their full names, there have been recent exceptions: In 1977, James Earl Carter was sworn in as president as Jimmy Carter. And in 1981, Ronald Wilson Reagan simply went by Ronald Reagan.:
In related news, Obama did not take the oath of office for the U.S. Senate with his hand on the Koran. Probably because he’s not a Muslim, if I had to guess.