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The fascinating tribal tradition that gave Obama his last name



It's the name on the tip of all of our tongues. It is whispered through the marble halls of Washington. It is shouted from the frothing mouths of protesters. Every world leader has uttered it. Obama. He may be the most-talked-about man in the world. Echoes of his unique last name bounce off the world's walls and into billions of ears.

So much has been made of President Obama's middle name, Hussein, that we almost forget about his melodic and fascinating last name. The story of how he came to have it begins, as it should, on Father's Day, with Barack Hussein Obama Sr.


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