Here’s Obama’s speech from the Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner last night¹, in which we learn the truth about his name:
Many of you know I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahali for ‘That One.’ And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn’t think I’d ever run for President.
Edits from 10/18:
For those of you wondering about the post title: we also learn about his hidden weakness:
If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. My greatest weakness: it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.
Edit from 10/21:
The clips I’d had up last appear to have been removed from YouTube. The clips I’m linking to above may not be up for long. Here’s the full dinner, with both Obama and McCain’s speeches and intros, can be found here. It will probably stay up, since it was put there by CSPAN. It)
There’s also a version up at crooks and liars that can be downloaded or viewed.
¹ McCain also gave a speech, but I haven’t watced it yet.