For your latest entry in the seemingly non-stop barrage of fawning Barack Obama major-media coverage, look no further than Newsweek 's latest cover, which offers " When Barry Became Barack ."
All very interesting, I suppose. But while
's on the subject, I'd be interested to learn about "Baruch Obama." That's the version that Eleanor Kerlow repeatedly used in
, her 1994 review of Harvard Law School's troubled late-1980s, early-1990s days.
Perhaps one of my Convictions colleagues -- or one of our readers -- can clear this up for me: Did Barack actually go by "Baruch" at some point in time? If so, why did he change it to "Barack"? The
piece never mentions "Baruch."
I suspect that, in fact, he never used the name "Baruch," and that Kerlow made a mistake. (In the 1990 volume of the Harvard Law Review, for example, he's listed as "Barack Obama.") Then again, I've long thought that Kerlow's entire book was a mistake.