Sarah Palin Drops The H-Bomb

From Sarah Palin’s appearance yesterday with Greta Van Susterin:

Pajama Pundit sees something slightly sinister here:

Look, the way that I see it, she is clearly pandering to the Orly Taitz crowd on this one folks. Palin uses the President’s middle name — as many did during the 2008 campaign — to remind the Fox viewers that he is “not one of us”. Then, as I watched with my mouth agape, she continues by pointing out that Christine O’Donnell is going through a much tougher vetting process (i.e. learning about her background, schooling, upbringing, etc.) than the President did. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this a Birther talking point?

Yea, it is, but it’s also conservatives seems to like to do, and whether it’s to pander to the birthers or just to suggest ever-so-subtly that the President is not a “real American,” the motivation is just as sinister.

And, no, I don’t believe the “it’s just his middle name” defense works here. You didn’t hear people referring to “Ronald Wilson Reagan” on a regular basis, or “George Walker Bush,” or, for that matter “Sarah Louise Palin.” No, there’s a reason that people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and now Sarah Palin, use the President’s middle name, and it isn’t over a concern with correct nomenclature.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. An Interested Party says:

    Ahh, to see a 2012 matchup between her and the president…that’ll be something to behold…

  2. Vast Variety says:

    Ahh, to see a 2012 matchup between her and the president…that’ll be something to behold…

    It would be really one sided and would guarantee 4 more years of Obama.

  3. Thanks Doug.

  4. Briguy24 says:

    Yeah but come on… just image her debating up on stage.  pure comedy gold.

  5. James Joyner says:

    Maybe she’s trying to differentiate him from all the other Barack Obamas out there.

  6. John Burgess says:

    I think it’d be a hoot if everyone showing up on Hannity or O’Reilly started using the hosts’ middle names when addressing them. I’d certainly laugh.

  7. sam says:

    Yeah, but JB, ‘Dickhead’ and ‘Douchebag’ would be immediately bleeped, doncha think?

  8. anjin-san says:

    Sadly, the message shapers on the right know that there are quite a few folks out there who are ignorant enough to fall for this crap.

  9. Trumwill says:

    It’s not unlike in Louisiana where Bobby Jindal’s critics insisted on using his birthname, Piyush, with the defense “Well, it’s his birthname, so there can’t be anything wrong with using it.”
    It all depends on context. If you are calling the president Barack Hussein Obama in the same context that you might use William Jefferson Clinton, sparingly and in more official/formal references, I might give you a pass. But if you’re emphasizing the middle name in a way that would be awkward for someone else, such as William Jefferson Clinton with the bolding as a friend of mine does, you’re doing it to draw attention to his foreignness and you’re appealing to people on the basis that anyone with that middle name ought to be disdained. That does not get a pass from me.

  10. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Hey Doug, you ever see transripts of Obama’s college years?  How about his passport?  Vetting huh?

  11. Hey, Zelsdorf Ragshaft III, don’t you think that other issues (like the economy, healthcare, our national debt, unemployment, foreign policy, etc) are more important than a retroactive vetting by some conspiracy theorists?
    Barack Obama is the president — he has been for nearly two years now — get over it.
    It’s time to move on and focus on issues that are in the here and now — and not worry so much about what the Illuminati are up to…

  12. Rick Almeida says:

    Zels, have you ever seen transcripts from any president’s college years?