Friday, November 07, 2008

First Name Basis

Tuesday night brought us Barack.

Thursday brought us Rahm.

There is a new zeitgeist in America.

And not just politically.

The era of George, John, Bill, Sarah, Dick, Laura, Cindy and the rest of the prototypical American names has just drawn to a close.

A new era has dawned, bringing with it a wealth of new, poetic names from other lands and languages.

Barack: from the Hebrew baruch, or blessing. Also, Hebrew for lightening.
Rahm: Hebrew for mighty.

What was once foreign is now part of our national landscape.

To this American woman, possessed of a Hebrew name, there is reason to rejoice.

The lexicon and heart of our nation has just expanded, becoming greater, more blessed, more mighty.

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