Barack Obama Superfans Name Their Baby AirForceOne

 News that the president of the United States is in town would make anyone rush to put on their Sunday best for the chance to shake his hand. Even if you can’t get through Secret Service, the sheer memory is something you might want to share with your kids -- and perhaps become the source of inspiration for future names. Like President Obama–inspired baby names after a visit to Kenya. 


Many mothers were so moved by his two-day presidential visit that they couldn’t help but pass along his namesake to their children. At least eight infants born during his time in the motherland have Barack-related names -- including Air Force One. "I have decided to call my baby AirForceOne Barack Obama so that we can all remember Obama's visit to Kenya because it is a huge blessing," tells Lucy Akinyi Okoth. "I have been told that it is the best aeroplane because it carries a very powerful leader of America who is also a Kenyan."

Other popular baby names include Michelle and Malia Sasha, in honor of President Obama’s wife and daughters.

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Like most, you probably think naming a child after an aircraft might be a little odd. Then again, some of us actually thought Kim and Kayne would name their second baby after an airline, so I guess anything goes. Even if you can’t help but side-eye the decision, many are quick to point out such baby names are nothing bizarre to these Kenyan moms. “Mothers are interested and inspired to name their babies after the U.S. president, hoping for blessing and success,” points out Eunice Omolo, a maternity ward employee at Avenue Group hospital in Nairobi.

I’ll just take a stab in the dark and assume there aren’t too many Air Force Ones walking around to make it a common choice. If these mommies want to bestow such a name to their child, who am I to say it’s wrong? Have you seen or tried to pronounce my name? I’ll wait.

Sure it might make school and job interviews a little awkward, but I’ve heard worse -- like Terracotta. Seeing as President Obama’s father hails from Kenya, it’s only natural to want to name things in Barack’s honor.


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