You have to give it to Steve King.
He's a master at finding controversy, issuing provocative statements, and reveling in the national media attention that follows.
His latest manufactured outrage: the fact that President Barack Obama used his middle name, "Hussein," in the swearing-in ceremony this Tuesday. Obama correctly notes that he's just following procedures -- former President Bush was introduced that day as George Walker Bush.
But King spots conspiracy. If King won the Iowa Lottery he'd complain that he had to drive to Des Moines to pick up the winning check.
Here is King according to The Politico:
King has moved on to the whole “Hussein” controversy.
He doesn’t like the fact that the president-elect will be sworn in using that middle name during Tuesday’s Inauguration.
After telling the Associated Press last year that Obama’s middle name was among the reasons Islamic terrorists would rejoice over his election, King says he’s since been careful to avoid using it. Thus he found Obama’s decision to allow it be mentioned on the steps of the Capitol “bizarre” and “a double-standard.”
“Is that reserved just for him, not his critics?” King asked.
The congressman says he doubts Obama’s sincerity when he explained that he chose to use his middle name so as to be historically consistent with past inaugurations, when America has heard the full names of its presidents echo from the inaugural stand.
“Whatever his reasons are,” King said, “the one he gave us could not be the reason.”
He continued: “The society is a little strange about this. If you’re speaking the truth and in an effort to be objective, there should be nothing off limits in a free society, [but] there are many biases building and clearly a double-standard.”