Somebody may have pointed this out before but I haven't seen it. Much has been made of the fact that Barak Obama's middle name is Hussein. What hasn't been mentioned is the history behind the Biblical meaning of his first name. Barak appears in the Bible in a not so flattering way.
Judges 4:4, 6-9 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 4 Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in
Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the LORD God of Israel commanded,
‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; 7
and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army,
with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will
deliver him into your hand’?”
8 And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”
So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no
glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell
Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with
Barak to Kedesh.
I don't know if you put much importance on the meaning of names but I believe there is something to be said for it. Barak was appointed by God to do something but when it came time to do it he refused. What strikes me about this passage is the reluctance of Barak to do what God commanded Him to do. It took Deborah, the prophetess, to force him to do it.
My hope and prayer is that our future president will not follow in the lineage of the Biblical Barak.