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Monday, January 26, 2009

Mount Obama

Seriously? Don't you think it's a little too...soon?

Cities and school boards are naming streets and buildings after President Obama, breaking with the tradition of waiting until a president is out of office.

• Ludlum Elementary School in Hempstead, N.Y., on Long Island, was renamed after Obama in November. A school in Portland, Ore., is deliberating a similar change.

• Opa-Locka, Fla., renamed one of its main city streets in December. Hollywood, Fla., is considering doing the same.

• St. Louis made an honorary name change to a busy road that used to divide white and black neighborhoods. The postal address is still Delmar Boulevard, but the city will post signs that also designate the street Barack Obama Boulevard.

And the tributes are not only flowing from enraptured Americans, either.

Obama is being honored abroad, too. The Associated Press reports that Antigua is renaming 1,300-foot Boggy Peak, its highest spot, Mount Obama.

The world has got a screw loose. Either that or they have forgotten that one has got to actually accomplish something before being thus honoured.

I mean, they could've waited until he was President for a whole week, at least.

P.S.: I am reminded of comedian Chris Rock's funny stand-up routine on being around Martin Luther King streets around America.

"'If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they're lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’”

Will that be the case with Barack Obama Blvds. too?

IN THE COMMENTS: The comment of the day, courtesy of Ophir.

I hear they're also going to change the name of Washington DC to Obamagrad.


Somewhere, in some favela or brokedown bairro in a Brazilian city, they will officially change their name to "Obamopolis". You watch.

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  • While I agree with you in spirit, it's actually appropriate for that St. Louis street, I think.

    Even if he's the worst President ever--and I suspect he'll finish out of the bottom ten--well, five--well, not last, anyway--he's still representative of a significant change (even if some of us felt the change happened 20 years ago).

    By Blogger blake, at Mon Jan 26, 05:18:00 am GMT-5  

  • This cult of personality is out of control, IMO.

    By Blogger Ms Calabaza, at Mon Jan 26, 06:38:00 am GMT-5  

  • I hear they're also going to change the name of Washington DC to Obamagrad.

    By Blogger Ophir, at Mon Jan 26, 09:36:00 am GMT-5  

  • The world does have a screw loose...:( there aren't that many of us who have tightened everything up in our mental stability.

    By Blogger Lildonbro, at Mon Jan 26, 12:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • And when Jennifer Aniston moves to the former DC, they'll rename if from Obamagrad to Obamistan.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Mon Jan 26, 01:25:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow. Comment of the day? I'm so honoured, I didn't even prepare a speech. Let's see, I want to thank Barack, for making it all possible...

    Somewhere, in some favela or brokedown bairro in a Brazilian city, they will officially change their name to "Obamopolis". You watch.

    Ai, meu Deus do Céu! I hope not. It does however make one wonder when a black man will be elected president of Brazil. If I'm not mistaken that has never happened.

    By Blogger Ophir, at Mon Jan 26, 01:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • That photo of Mt. Rushmore looks more like Kevin Costner to me. Maybe that's more appropriate as he did Dances With Wolves out in that neck of the woods.

    C'mon people......This man has ONLY been prez for one freakin' week tomorrow.

    I don't think that he can walk on water either.

    And....George Bush will still be ridiculed and grilled by the late night comedians.

    I concur with Vic that why do the liberals have to exude that liberalism when there's one in the Big House (a/k/a White House).


    Peggy DaValt

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Mon Jan 26, 06:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Peggy, same here. Enough already.

    By Blogger knox, at Tue Jan 27, 07:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Funny that you mentioned Brazil: Some dude in some rural town of the NE in Brazil is running for mayor having changed his name to Barack Obama (PBUH)

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Wed Jan 28, 11:34:00 am GMT-5  

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