WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — A woman who gave birth in the same Kenyan district that Barack Obama Sr. is from has named her newborn twins, “Barack Obama” and “Mitt Romney,” respectively.
On Tuesday’s Election Day, Millicent Owuor gave birth to twin boys at the Siaya District Hospital in Nyanza province, Western Kenya, the local newspaper The Standard reported. Naming her two sons after the American presidential candidates would help her “remember the historic U.S. elections for a long time, both the winner and the loser,” the 20-year old mother told the national daily.
Siaya is the home district of Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., who was born in the village of Nyang’oma Kogelo in 1936.
In 2008, when Obama became the 44th President, the New York Times reported that at the Nyanza Provincial Hospital in nearby Kisumu, 23 boys were named Barack Obama and 20 girls Michelle Obama.
Just a few days ahead of the election, the village’s witch doctor, 105-year old John Dimo, had accurately predicted the outcome of the elections by tossing shells and bones and assessing the position they landed. “Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win,” he told the Associated Press.
Barack and Mitt haven’t made it into the most popular 1,000 baby names in the U.S. over the last year, according to data by the U.S. Social Security Administration, although wives Michelle (144) and Ann (996) both did. And the vice presidential candidates did slightly better than their running mates: Joe fell from 315 in 2000 to 491 last year, while Paul dropped from 100 to 187.