Maybe just call him Barry

Why was this “story highlight” about Barack Obama written this way? Here are some possible explanations:

  • Maybe it’s because his name isn’t as classically American as, say, Mitt Romney’s, so writers and editors get confused about which is his first name and which is his last.
  • Maybe it’s because the media are worried about another Obama/Osama mixup, so they are switching to his first name to be safe.
  • Maybe it’s because we see more politicians, entertainers and athletes referred to by their first names in headlines and other display text. (See here and here.)
  • Maybe it’s because someone just screwed up.

Whatever the reason, someone at decided to call Barack Obama “Sen Barack.” At least the item followed AP style on the abbreviation.

And I am a little worried that Romney’s net worth may be as low as $190.01