Skip to comments.New Road To Bear President Obama's Name (Florida)
Posted on 06/19/2010 7:24:27 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache
New Road To Bear President Obama's Name Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:46:24 AM
A new road being built through Orlando is being named after President Barack Obama.
Reported by Dave DMarko
ORLANDO -- Is it too soon to name a road after President Barack Obama? A new road being built through Orlando will have his name.
Roads in Orlando honor some of our greatest presidents, from Washington to Jefferson and now Obama.
On Friday, Orlando leaders made President Barack Obama Parkway the first road under construction in the nation named after our 44th president, and surely one of the few in history to be named after a sitting president in his first term.
"I think its great if people want to support their presidential candidate, but I think it's a little soon," said Orlando resident Karey Graham.
"You don't have to be dead to be honored," said Charles Sledge from Orlando. We need to honor people while they are living."
City leaders actually voted on the name shortly after the groundbreaking election, when they decided they wanted to break ground on a north-south connection from Conroy Road to Old Winter Garden Road.
While some might find the name controversial, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the benefits of the road are undeniable.
"Building these reliever roads is important for people being able to get to work or home and being able to save 10 minutes they can spend with their families. In this particular area John Young (Parkway), Kirkman (Road), I-4 always have congestion," Dyer said.
With the lack of north-south roads, people turn to these residential neighborhoods, sometimes causing even more problems. Two hundred jobs will be created to build the first $10.5 million phase of the road, which will connect with Metrowest Boulevard.
As for the timetable on the rest of the construction, and what will spring up around the new road, it's still about as uncertain as the legacy the Obama Administration will leave behind.
However, Commissioner Samuel Ings, who came up with the name for the road, knows what he'd like to see.
"One of my dreams would be when we get ready to cut the ribbon that our president, presidential limo and seal would be the first to travel along Presidential Barack Obama Parkway," Ings said.
So far Obama hasn't been contacted.
Betcha they’re going to have to put up special security cams just to monitor those signs...
But why honor the living who are dishonoring the honorable dead?
The country “Honors” people that accomplish something of importance to the country or the world. This guy has done neither.
Those signs won’t last long.Mmmm...mmmmm...mmmm.
I feel like I am going to throw up.
Give it a year and this road will be covered in pawn shops, Section 8 complexes, and crack houses.
Naming roads or other public works after an elected office holder, particularly while he is in office, should be prohibited.
Hey, Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after just a month in office and won it.
Do you think they can get all the signs up before the impeachment?
Wee Wee Way
I haven’t kept up with local politics in Orlando. Have the Libs. taken over?
....and porn stores too.
Please tell me this road leads to the sewer treatment plant.
Yup....he accomplished getting it but didn’t do anything to deserve it.
lol i was mad when i read the headline...hahhaha
They could name a whole neighborhood with all of his names, Barack Obama, Barry Sotero, Frank Marshall Davis, Jr., and as soon as we find out what name is associated with his social security number we can use that one too.
Pine Hills yes...downtown yes...Kissimmee yes...Apopka yes.
I can imagine the amount of roadkill that will litter this stretch of road....