Earlier this year, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) claimed that al Qaida would “be dancing in the streets” if Barack Obama were elected president “because of his middle name.” In an interview with Politico yesterday, King admitted that “he was wrong about the whole terrorist street dancing routine.” King continued, however, to harp on Obama’s middle name, saying that it was “bizarre” that he would use it during the inauguration:
After telling the Associated Press last year that Obama’s middle name was among the reasons Islamic terrorists would rejoice over his election, King says he’s since been careful to avoid using it. Thus he found Obama’s decision to allow it be mentioned on the steps of the Capitol “bizarre” and “a double-standard.”
“Is that reserved just for him, not his critics?” King asked.
Last month, Obama told the Chicago Tribune that “he will follow tradition and be sworn in as US president using his full name, including his middle name Hussein.”