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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Barack Obama's Embarrassing Secret: B.O.!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Unreal would never be confused with a political junkie, but we do peruse the national press from time to time, so perhaps it was inevitable that we'd happen upon this piece by Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny in this morning's New York Times.

Todd Heisler/New York Times

Initial public offering: The sweet smell of victory?
  • Initial public offering: The sweet smell of victory?

Headlined "Obama and Clinton in Talks to Unify Party," the story goes into exhaustive detail regarding the delicate dance of post-primary detente between the campaign camps of the two Democratic presidential contenders.

For the time-strapped STLog browser, the upshot is that fence-mending proceeds apace, if by "apace" you mean "slowly." A big-name attorney, Robert B. Barnett (who in the past has negotiated hefty book deals for Obama and both Mr. and Mrs. Clinton), is in charge. The two sides are nowhere near the point of discussing an Obama-Clinton ticket -- or, for that matter, engendering a Bill-Barack hugfest of some sort.

Initial public offering: The sweet smell of victory?
  • Initial public offering: The sweet smell of victory?

Initial public offering: The sweet smell of victory?
There is a local angle to all this, the Timesmen write:

Mr. Obama is in talks to hire one of Mrs. Clinton’s most prominent advisers -- Neera Tanden, her policy director -- and has hired and dispatched a few of Mrs. Clinton’s field operatives to work in Missouri and Ohio.

But what caused Unreal to spit our bran flakes back in the bowl was this tidbit further along in the 1,400-word epistle:

Aides to both senators say hard feelings between the two camps are dissipating by the week -- many people from both sides, in fact, were friends before and remain close -- but some habits remain. In the primary, aides to Mrs. Clinton referred to their rival as B.H.O. -- initials of Barack Hussein Obama, including his middle name, which has been a politically sensitive issue -- while Mr. Obama's team simply referred to him as B.O. The B.H.O. shorthand is frowned upon inside Mr. Obama's campaign headquarters, a warning for any Clinton staff members coming aboard.

Excuse Unreal for calling attention to the obvious, but would Obama staffers truly have preferred it if Clintoneers had referred to the opposition as "B.O."?

And inquiring voters might want to know: In the Obama household, what's the monogramming protocol?

-Unreal

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