FINALLY, something is named after Obama that makes sense!
The Associated Press reported yesterday that a parasite will be named after our president. The flatworm will be called Baracktrema obamai, or B. obamai.
Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles’ blood. A new study officially names the 2-inch, hair-thin creature after Obama.
Thomas Platt, the newly retired biology professor at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana who chose the name, says it’s an honor, not an insult. Really.
Platt, who discovered and named the flatworm to crown his career before retiring, has more than 30 new species to his credit. In the past, he’s named them after his father-in-law, his doctorate adviser “and other people I have a great deal of respect for. This is clearly something in my small way done to honor our president,” Platt said Thursday.
Platt, who is a distant relative of the president, says people pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of having a species named after them.
Parasites, which live in and get nutrients from host animals, get a bad rap. Platt says this one reminds him of the president: “It’s long. It’s thin. And it’s cool as hell.”
Naming a parasite after Obama is totally appropriate because he is an unwanted, unwelcome creature who is difficult to get rid of and has sucked the life out of America these last 8 years. This “honor” is FAR more deserved than his Nobel Peace Prize.
Luckily, we can finally get rid of our national parasite on January 20, 2017.
What do you think about President Obama getting parasite named after him – what are some other things you can think of that should be named after Obama?