Hopefully, the world is big enough for two Barack Obamas.
One, of course, is the President of the United States. The other, however, is an African-American Jewish convert who recently changed his in an effort to spread awareness about his religion.
According to the Times of Israel, Obama (hereafter referring to the convert, not the Commander-in-Chief), converted to Judaism initially in 1995, eventually converting to Orthodox Judausm in 1997. Three years after becoming an Orthodox Jew, he moved to Israel and started working on getting his name changed.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Obama’s goal in changing his name to mirror such a well-known public figure is to allow him to be “an advocate for Israel” and to provide him an avenue “to speak out in support of Israel.” Read more