Former President John F. Kennedy is a name that Willingboro, N.J., residents see on a daily basis. According to a WWOR report, the popular Democrat has his name on everything from street signs to strip malls.
One destination that has long featured JFK’s name prominently on its signage is a former school that was transformed into the town’s recreation center in recent years. Due to the activism of a few locals, however, that building is known as the President Barack Obama Center.
This is just the begining. In 2017, if democraps win, the state if Alabama will be changed to Alobama http://t.co/fi8WJ7xMGm
— Edward Thomas Davis (@e_t_davis) August 12, 2014
A temporary sign greets visitors; and following a multimillion dollar renovation, the new tribute will be unveiled. Town leaders expressed their belief that locals would embrace the name change, citing the perception that Obama has done a lot for the area. Regardless of political affiliation, however, numerous Willingboro residents are outraged by the town council’s decision.
“I love my president,” one local said, “I appreciate him; but why does that need to be reflected on the center?”
Another resident, who has close ties to the building, said he was taken aback by the change.
“I graduated from JFK back in ’72, so it’s going to be kind of hard to all of a sudden start calling the school Obama,” he said.
He continued by asserted that he doesn’t “really see the need to change the name at this point.” One citizen suggested a compromise, but could not imagine completely removing Kennedy’s name.
“Maybe they should call it the Obama/Kennedy center,” she said, “I don’t know.”
In discussing the story on Chasing New Jersey, WWOR’s Sibile Marcellus responded to the debate regarding whether a living president should be the subject of such honors. “President Obama has a track record of getting credit before it’s due,” she said. As of this writing, every online comment to the station’s story disapproved of the name change. An overwhelming number of social media posts indicated a similar objection.
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