Johnson, Buchanan, Ford. These are Presidential names. Not so much “Obama.” Database searches suggest there are less than 20 Obama families in the United States, compared to more than 10,000 Clintons and 60,000 Bushes. The election has granted this handful of mini-celebrities a new set of privileges:
Nicanor Obama began to realize he might be on to a good thing when he didn’t get a speeding ticket not long ago. After stopping the 28-year-old for a little lead-footing near the Verizon Center, a District police officer looked at his driver’s license and put the citation book away.
“He said, ‘Well, I’m going to let you go because you have the Obama name’ ” is how the Arlington County resident recalled the encounter.
The rarity of the name means that people are asking non-Presidential Obamas for inauguration tickets. No, they aren’t all related. The name is actually more common in west Africa, Equatorial Guinea in particular, than in Barack’s father’s native Kenya. The country’s recent Prime Minister shares his name with the President-elect, as does this random Equatoguinean The Guardian dug up.
There’s also Obama, Japan, a lucky little town of 30,000 with a song and everything. Susie Obama, a Florida real estate investor, gets emails from confused Japanese greeting the new first lady. It’s about time Susie got some love, as she explains:
“I’m so glad Obama is finally a good guy. I really had a hard time for a while there with Osama.”
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