My9NJ has a report on a town in New Jersey and their plan to change the name of their recreation center from "Kennedy Center" to "Obama Center."
The Willingboro City Council made the claim that President Obama "had a major impact on the city" and their residents were clamoring for the change. But when reporter Bill Anderson asked residents of the neighborhood surrounding the center he got a different impression. "I found indifference, I found some opposition, but I didn't find a whole lot of excitement,"Anderson said.
“I love my president, I appreciate him, but why does that need to be reflected on the center?” Beulah, an African-American resident told Anderson. “Maybe they should call it the Obama/Kennedy center, I don't know,” added Francetta.
It's bad enough that a building would be named after a president while he's still serving in office. Can you imagine if schools had been named after Richard Nixon in 1972? But to remove Kennedy's name and replace it with Obama's while the President is suffering under the lowest public opinion poll numbers in his entire presidency smacks more of liberal politicians trying to force a positive legacy onto a reluctant community.
Deputy mayor Jaqueline Jennings told Philly.com that the rationale for the re-naming is rooted in the excitement Obama generated in 2008:
"I think that people have a sense of pride about him. . . . We had so many new people register to vote, people who had never voted before, people who were disenfranchised. All of a sudden, we had maybe 8,000 people register to vote. We had lines . . . people wrapping around the buildings when the polls opened. It was a sense of history, everybody wanted to be a part of it."
So, basically, according to the political hacks in Willingboro, NJ, President Obama's most notable deed was to get elected, not any actual achievement that came during his presidency or as a result of his leadership.