What's In a Name? - exploring president names
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The President with the Funny NameThis is a repost from my old blog. I wrote it right when Obama had been elected in 2008.
Obama always talks about his name being "funny." Just for nothing (maybe not nothing; maybe because I am a major dork), I looked through the list of presidents and up until last week, I'd say the most "exotic" name of a president was "Van Buren."
Bio of Martin Van Buren - apparently English was his second language, Dutch being his first.
Eisenhower is the close second for different-ish sounding names. Roosevelt in third. (Clearly a subjective thing. All disputes will be accepted in the comments.) And Kennedy and Reagan very distant tie for 4th. Millard Fillmore gets points for internal alliteration.
I guess what I mean by "different-ish" is non-WASPY. So, names that are Dutch, German and Irish are" different". A name that's Kenyan is WICKED different. Yah.
Obama will be the first American president to have more vowels in his name than consonants.
Presidents with equal consonants and vowels are rare:
Although I'm not sure if silent "e" should really count.
Most popular last two letters of a President's last name: "on"
Clinton (Hilary*) [*2016]
And, finally, I'm in love with the Secret Service code names for the new first and second families. Ah, crap, who am I kidding? I'm just plain in love with the first and second families, period. Like, I want to invite them to Christmas. I especially want to plow Biden with some delish scotch and let him tell us durrty jokes.
Renegade - Obama
Renaissance - Michelle
Celtic - Joe
Capri - Jill
Radiance - Malia
Rosebud - Sasha
This is a gratuitous photo of Rahm Emanuel because who doesn't love a sexy photo (read: any given photo of) of Rahm Emanuel? Blingee'd for extra specialness.
Mmm. Rahm Emanuel. How delicious.