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A Boom in Baby Baracks

Suddenly everything’s coming up Obama. “In the last week, Barack, Obama, Michelle, Malia and Sasha have become inspirations for first and middle names across the United States,” reports the New York Times. “From Election Day through Saturday afternoon, 43 children born at the Nyanza Provincial Hospital in Kisumu were named after the Obamas, with 23 boys given the first and middle name Barack Obama and 20 girls named Michelle Obama.” Pamela Odhiambo, 18, who gave birth to a girl during Obama’s victory speech in Chicago, named her new baby Michelle Obama because “It’s a new start, a new beginning.” The trend is not new, but fell into abeyance after the Watergate affair when people could not bring themselves to call their children Nixon.