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Obama's Election Inspires Baby Naming in Kenya
Mothers in Obama's ancestral homeland of Kisumu have been naming their newborns Barack Obama, or some variation thereof. Have a girl? No problem. Several female babies in the province bear the name of Michelle Obama. Sharing your name with the future president of the US doesn't come without its share of pressures. One mother told a Reuters reporter that she expects great thing out of her pint-sized Barack Obama. "I would like that by the time he is in his 40s he becomes the president of this country."
I know there is a lot of excitement now, but wouldn't it be wise to wait to see how Obama performs in office before naming your child after him? I mean, what if your parents had named you after Richard Nixon?
And it appears that a few Americans are getting in on the fad as well.