The political correctness brigades haven’t been able to force the Washington Redskins to change their team nickname yet but now Mount McKinley is no more. To commemorate a visit to Alaska, Emperor Barack Obama has announced that he would be changing the name of America’s highest mountain from the one given to it in honor of the nation’s 25th president back to its traditional native name “Denali”. It marks the culmination of efforts by Alaskans to restore the original name and Obama will be treated like a god my many during his visit to the land of the midnight sun.
The Guardian provides detail on Obama’s surprise announcement “Barack Obama to give Mount McKinley back its Native American name” from which I excerpt:
Barack Obama has said he will be changing the name of the highest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali.
He announced that he will be returning the mountain’s traditional Alaskan native name on the eve of a presidential visit to Alaska.
Denali is an Athabascan word meaning “the high one”. The name has long been a sore spot for Alaskans, who have informally called the 6,200m high mountain Denali for years.
The mountain was more recently named after a former US president, William McKinley. There have been several efforts by Alaskan politicians to change it back to Denali but politicians from McKinley’s home state of Ohio have always opposed the move. Obama is citing the Interior Department’s authority to make the change.
The decision has brought praise from Alaska’s governor, Bill Walker, a Republican turned independent, and Republican elected officials, who more typically are critical of an administration they see as hostile to their state’s oil and gas interests.
“I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honour, respect and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who led the fight for the name change in Congress.
Alas, it is just more of Obama’s pandering to harvest votes for the Democrats next year but it set off howls of outrage, especially in Ohio where President McKinley hailed from.
As reported by Politico in the story “GOP blasts Obama’s Denali Name Change”:
Republicans are criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to rename the tallest mountain in the United States to Denali, after the peak bore the name of Republican President William McKinley for more than a century.
The outcry was particularly strong in Ohio, McKinley’s home state.
House Speaker John Boehner, who has represented his Cincinnati-area district for more than two decades, decried the decision in a statement.
“McKinley served our country with distinction during the Civil War as a member of the Army. He made a difference for his constituents and his state as a member of the House of Representatives and as Governor of the great state of Ohio. And he led this nation to prosperity and victory in the Spanish-American War as the 25th President of the United States,” the speaker said in the statement. “I’m deeply disappointed in this decision.”
While renaming a major landmark isn’t something that happens very often, it can’t be all bad if it pisses off the gutless orange-tinted juicer Boehner. The sob sister RINO Speaker of the House will be crying in his beer today as he curses Obama but you can bet your bottom dollar that they will soon kiss and make up in order to keep the federal government open later on in September.
With the entire country going to hell in a bucket you would think that Barry would have other priorities but he is determined to spend his last year or so in office doing his victory tour and poking his bony finger into the eye of opponents. Hell, it could always be worse – at least he didn’t name it after the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.