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Barack's Mitzvah: A Name Made for Headlines

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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PUN GUY Obama Among the many gifts of Senator Barack Obama—charisma of a Kennedy, poise of a born leader, Q ratings that seem to rise like hydrogen—is his name. Barack Obama's name is irresistible to pun-happy editors looking for just the right headline.

So many syllables! Ba-rack O-ba-ma. It's almost a little poem. And with such strong consonant sounds, his name is perfect for rhyming.

Herewith, a look at the headline writers' art:

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Hil better watch her Barack!, the New York Daily News, October 23, 2006

Barack to the Future, Investor's Business Daily, October 25, 2006.

Barack Attack, The Democratic Daily, October 19, 2006

Obama mania visits Marin, Marin Independent Journal, October 26, 2006

Barack Obama in a hard place, the Daily Free Press, October 25, 2006

Hillary stuck between Barack and a hard place, NewsByUs, October 24, 2006

• Of course, Radar beat those last two publications to the punch with our October 23 post, Between Barack And A Hard Place.

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