Nikki Haley Renamed Her Husband

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CHARLESTON, SC - DECEMBER 17:  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (C) with Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Michael Haley applaud after a town hall meeting at the Memminger Auditorium on December 17, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. Romney is attempting to boost the momentum of his campaign following the conservative endorsement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.  (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
"Michael." Photo: Richard Ellis/2011 Getty Images

South Carolina's Republican Governor Nikki Haley apparently knows what she wants and doesn't want. And what she didn't want, according to a new Vogue profile, was to date a guy named William.

Though he keeps his hair close-cropped and dresses in fatigues most days, he appears more easygoing than his wife, which may explain how, in a bit of relationship jujitsu, Governor Haley persuaded Michael, né William, to start going by his middle name shortly after they started dating. He looked more like a “Michael,” she says.

So if Nikki Haley someday became president, we can only presume she'd start referring to the United States by its middle name, "Of."