McCain & Bobby Brady


My friend Peter Canellos has a fascinating take on the possibility that John McCain, 71, could pick Bobby Jindal, 36, the son of Indian immigrants as his running mate:

“…Obama has spoken of the lingering pain and misunderstanding on both sides of the black-white divide and vowed to provide a bridge to a more hopeful future.

Jindal’s embrace of America has been less freighted. As a 4-year-old he stopped using his given name, Piyush, and took that of his favorite TV character, Bobby Brady. He is in many ways the modern equivalent of the European immigrants of the early 20th century, who often anglicized their names and became passionate believers in America as a land of opportunity.

Jindal presents this vision with fewer reservations than Obama, and could make Obama seem less patriotic in comparison…”


McCain & Bobby Brady

  1. You know, I was going to comment on how, if Piyush Jindal were living in Canada, he might not have felt the need to change his name but then I remembered that “Barry” Obama has an excellent shot at being the next President of the United States so that kind of makes the whole point rather moot.

  2. Interesting, isn’t it, that he’s doing it as Barack and not Barry.

  3. Indeed it is interesting. In fact, if I do ever hear MSM commentators using “Barry” it sounds to be with ironic air-quotes. There might be some in the blogosphere who use it in a derogatory fashion.

    Perhaps in America a black man can have a “different” name (e.g. – Kwame Kilpatrick) but other persons-of-colour feel the need to anglicize their names.

    In Canada, about the only identifiable group that I can think of who still does that on a regular basis is recent immigrants from mainland China.

    My name really is Clarence, by the way. My parents being originally from Trinidad & Tobago – former English colony and all that …

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