As Diane Hussein Yoder told me, calling herself Hussein for a few weeks is just her way of taking "one small stand against prejudice," by supporting those who are faced with "intolerance and bigotry" just because they have a different-sounding name.
Obama himself made light of the flap over his middle name at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York Thursday. During election years, the dinner, now in its 63rd year, provides a venue where the presidential candidates can, for an evening anyway, set aside their differences through humor about each other and themselves.
During his remarks, Obama said: "And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for president."
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