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Finally: Obama has an extinct lizard named after him

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Ruining America has really paid off for Barry Soetoro so far. In addition to a second term, he’s won a Nobel Peace Prize, a Grammy, an Emmy, Time‘s Person of the Year, Favorite President at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, I think he won American Idol one year, and he’s received numerous other awards. Well-deserved all. Of course, in his grace and magnanimity, he allows his inferiors to win some awards as well.

People also like to name stuff after Obama, as is his due. A bunch of schools across the country now bear his name. (Which makes sense, because without him we’d burn down all the schools and make our home-schooled spawn read nothing but the Bible, Atlas Shrugged, and the Daily Caller.) Recently a newly discovered species of darter fish was immortalized with the name Etheostoma Obama. There’s a kind of lichen called Caloplaca obamae. When you think about it, everything is Obama and we’re only just starting to catch up.

The Boston Globe reports on the latest manifestation of mankind accepting our destiny:

Yale scientists name Obamadon, a slender-jawed lizard, after the President

The small, insect-eating lizard was discovered in the badlands of northeastern Montana—its fossil preserved in an area called the Hell Creek formation. Less than a foot long, it had elaborate teeth with three cusps on each tooth and a slender jaw. Some 65 million years ago, it went extinct. And now, it is named for the 44th president of the United States: Obamadon gracilis.

The ancient lizard species bearing President Obama’s name was discovered when researchers from Yale and Harvard universities re-examined fossil collections all across the country, as part of an effort to understand what happened to lizards and snakes during the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.

In the process, Yale paleontologist Nicholas Longrich said the team encountered several new species that were previously unknown or misclassified lurking in museum collections. There was one ferocious carnivorous lizard in need of a name, but that one didn’t turn out to be presidential. The small one with the slender jaw seemed just right.

Do you find this odd, lowly mortal? It is not for you, serf, to question the ways of wizards scientists.

On the other hand… this lizard was wiped out millions of years ago. So maybe these scientists are actually racists? Come to think of it, everything is racist unless we’re specifically told otherwise. You know, I think I should await further instructions before I say anything more about this. Forget about the Obama lizard, everybody. Move along.