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Roger Sealy has a deal with his wife: She gets to pick their children's first names, and in return, he chooses their middle names - with impunity.

And so it was that when Jackee Sealy, of Broomfield, gave birth to a baby boy Nov. 11, a week late, she chose the name Carter. And Roger Sealy joined in a national naming phenomenon when he picked the middle names Barack and Obama.

Not that Roger Sealy needed impunity for such a choice, it's just that in the past his preferred names didn't seem to follow any trends, national or otherwise. After all, he christened his eldest daughter Brooke, who is now almost 3, with the middle name Trout.

"(My wife) didn't know right away - she was kind of horrified,â he said. "But now she's kind of warmed to it.â

Yes, Roger Sealy is a fisherman, and now, so is Brooke, who has caught many a "hugeâ bluegill with her Barbie fishing rod. Even so, dad isn't delusional about how charming Brooke may find her middle name when she's older.

"When she gets old enough, she's going to say, 'Dad, what were you thinking?'â he said.

With their second child, Jackee Sealy suggested that Roger pick the name of a positive male role model. And so, Cooper John Elway joined the Sealy clan. And though the real ex-Bronco quarterback gave the John McCain campaign thousands of dollars and stumped for the Republican nominee in Denver, Roger Sealy doesn't predict that his middle-name conventions will cause any strife between the brothers as they get older.


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"I won't hold it against him,â he said of Elway's Republican leanings.

Families across the country - many of whom probably have a history of perfectly common middle names - are calling their newborns Barack or Obama or both, although birth announcements from area hospitals haven't reported other local babies with the name.

Before polls on the West Coast closed Nov. 4, a baby in Florida was named Sanjae Obama Fisher, and another in Arkansas was called Benjamin Barack Kimbrough, according to the Associated Press.

In Maryland, a mother who went into labor on Election Day after voting for Obama named her newborn daughter for the Obamas' two girls, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10.

Naming children after U.S. presidents used to be common. The name Woodrow, for example, jumped from a ranking of 234 to 46 among popular names for boys when President Wilson took office in 1913, according to the Social Security Administration. And the now-rare name Grover became the 20th most popular boys' name when President Cleveland took office in 1885. (Although it only took three years after a character named Grover appeared on Sesame Street for the name to drop off the top-1,000 list altogether.)

Of course, naming trends aren't reserved for honoring world leaders. After Paris Hilton first rocketed into the spotlight on the "Simple Lifeâ in 2003, the name Paris jumped from a ranking of 463 to 157.

Neither Paris nor Grover are possibilities for a future baby Sealy, according to Roger.

"Three kids and done,â he said. "We're out of there.â

Archived comments

A positive role model? John Elway? He drinks himself silly from one Lo-Do bar to another while slapping the waitresses on their back sides. He beds anything that will get into his newest car. Why do you think his classy wife left him??? Duh!!!

BoulderOldTimer

6/11/2009 7:04:06 PM

I realize the Camera's budget has budget has been halved in the past few years, but we'd still appreciate it if you could do some real journalism.

Please bank some of that building sale money for the purpose of hiring journalists that don't write worthless puff pieces, thanks in advance.

NukesInBoulder

11/17/2008 8:51:36 PM

I named my baby FISA, in response to Obama's support for spying on Americans.

boulderhippie

11/17/2008 9:13:21 PM

Poor kid!

PBHKW

11/18/2008 2:53:30 AM

Maybe it's time to finally require a test and a license before you're allowed to procreate.

UncleEthan

11/18/2008 5:09:49 AM

Perhaps Roger was misquoted in his last statement. Based on this article, I'm sure he probably said, "We're out there."

felaful

11/18/2008 5:30:16 AM

I bet their kid doesn't think it's so cute in just a few years when the kids/adults start teasing. Why do parents think this is 'cute'? Poor thing.

tishba@msn.com

11/18/2008 5:38:58 AM

In the Book of baby names, rule #26 reads: "never underestimate the stupidity of parents to name their children after a politician."

meatpieandtatters

11/18/2008 5:41:50 AM

How incredibly stupid. This guy has no idea what the next 4 years will bring - and if he just named his kid after a good president or a terrible one. Morons. I'd lay odds that this kid is going to change his name before he is 30, and hate his parents for the rest of his life.

BlindLemonFishStix

11/18/2008 6:50:11 AM

And yet, if the article was about a couple naming their child "Sarah" you noobs would be drooling with praise.

On the upside, your Obama Derangement Syndrome acts as a very effective birth control device.

noboresident

11/18/2008 7:11:36 AM

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

When are some parents going to figure out that raising children isn't about the parents - it's about the child.

Name toys and pets after trendy, political, cutesy, dumb stuff. Spare your children's dignity - they may live for a century with this label.

AliceInBoulderland

11/18/2008 7:13:48 AM

"I realize the Camera's budget has budget has been halved in the past few years, but we'd still appreciate it if you could do some real journalism" classic...Or maybe some basic editing?

blueman

11/18/2008 7:20:40 AM

Wouldn't one middle name be sufficient to make the point; like Elway, Barack, McCain (oh yeah, he lost), etc.

fardila@hotmail.com

11/18/2008 8:07:08 AM

What a moron.

johnbarleycorn

11/18/2008 8:48:39 AM

I'll bet some parents are feeling pretty stupid right now for giving their kids a middle name of "George Bush."

Bing987

11/18/2008 9:38:00 AM

(Sigh) It's not just the embarrassment a wife feels, it's the damage it does to the kids that's the real crux. What a stupid, uncaring action. What qualities attracted this mother to this father? She was horrified at first? I'm horrified she warmed to the idea.

dc@ecom.com

11/18/2008 9:43:16 AM

I think it is great!

siggy1123@hotmail.com

11/18/2008 10:07:46 AM

Even though he says "we're out of there", I would ask the court to demand sterilization.

sarapkiles@msn.com

11/18/2008 10:34:33 AM

I have known Roger for years. "Idiot" and "Moron" dont even come close to describing him. The best words wouldn't be fit for a forum such as this.

2stoopid

11/18/2008 10:52:29 AM

Hi 2stoopid, I too have known Roger since the 8th grade and he is a great guy! I don't know why you would slander such a caring guy as him!This is classic Roger all the way! He is a practical joker that is friends with virtually everybody he knows. Congrats to him a Jackee. It is nice to see a funny news story besides all the doom and gloom we see in the news daily. Lighten up people!!

PantherPride

11/18/2008 1:47:40 PM

Sorry, but that's absurd. One of their middle names is John Elway? Someone please throw me a bone here and say it isn't true!! These kids better prepare themselves for some serious harassment. Shame on the parents for being so ignorant.

rainwater79

11/18/2008 1:52:10 PM

Stories like this really bring out the whack jobs.

hattmonger

11/18/2008 1:57:38 PM

PantherPride:

It's fine if Roger is a practical joker, but to make his kids the brunt of a joke that will last the rest of their lives isn't very funny.

rainwater79

11/18/2008 1:58:33 PM

I've known Roger longer than any of you and can say, for certain, that he is a DORK.

I knew things were a little fishy when he named his Daughter. Then he names Cooper after a has-been (Bret Favre woulda been more appropriate). Now this. If it had been a girl, what then? At least it's Carter and not Clinton...

Hunters_Girl

11/18/2008 2:35:51 PM

"I knew things were a little fishy when he named his Daughter."

No pun intended?? :)

rainwater79

11/18/2008 3:24:45 PM

As someone who has an unusual first name because my Dad thought it was cool, I often thought of changing my name but decided not to due to the legal issues and hassles, there are many, it is not a trivial or inexpensive exercise to change your name once you are an adult.

I always dreaded the 1st day of school since pretty much everyone in my class laughed out loud when the teacher called my name out. I was teased a lot about my name and got into fights from K-12 grades. I was the fisrt guy bullies would pick on and, here's a positive, learned to fight and win, most of the time.

My friends know me by my middle name, and I can tell when a stranger calls me on the phone by the fact that they use my first name since no one I know uses it when they talk to me.

Even as an adult, people still laugh when they hear my first name. They even laughed when my first name was mentioned during my wedding which my father attended. (sarcasm alert) What a great legacy for a father to leave his children. (/sarcasm)

All I can say to any parent, the name is the child's name and remember that whatever the parent thinks, it is the child who has to live with the decision. It is the child who have to deal with it, and it is not easy being ostracized because of your name. Life is tough enough.

theprairieprankster

11/18/2008 4:08:07 PM

Rainwater, pun COMPLETELY intended!

BTW-Here is your bone...(wink)

Yes Roger is, indeed, a huge practical jokester.

Hunters_Girl

11/18/2008 4:58:49 PM

Well, I'm a male, and before my dad left our family, he went and named me "Sue". So I grew up tough and I grew up strong.... wait, that wasn't me. Sorry.

CasualObserver

11/18/2008 5:53:09 PM

I tell ya, people who are obsessed with politics have mental issues.

pantherlady2@msn.com

11/18/2008 9:46:24 PM

I thought it was standard NOT to name a kid after a President until he'd proven he'd done a good job....Wow, these people are optimistic. We'll see how happy they are in 4 years....

MadCOMama

11/19/2008 9:37:26 PM

This is actually a "not so funny" joke on the Camera.

Simone_1973

11/21/2008 12:46:52 PM

Un-bunch those knickers everyone.

I found out it is a joke.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18024824/detail.html#-

macforme

11/22/2008 6:22:29 PM

The name Obama and derivations of that name are best suited for an online handle used to post comments about news articles.

obamanation

11/23/2008 9:43:14 AM

I think we need one more go around. I'm hoping for a daughter: Monica Lewinsky Sealy.

Buttafuoco

12/13/2008 2:20:31 PM

Trout?

Why is this guy procreating?

springerwannab

12/15/2008 2:33:28 PM