Ohio State Senator introduces bill to rename Cincinnati Highway to ‘Barack Obama Norwood Lateral’Posted by J Craig on October 24, 2014
Cincinnati, OH – Barack Obama won Hamilton County twice and was re-elected to a second term, just as President Ronald Reagan was. This is enough for one State Senator Eric Kearney (D–Cincinnati) to warrant the honor and recognition of naming a highway after the current Commander-in-Chief.
Kearney, a Democrat representing the 9th District introduced a bill on Thursday to rename a portion of State Route 562 between I-75 and I-71 in Cincinnati also known as the Norwood Lateral. It would be the second highway in Hamilton County named after a president.
President Obama, like President Reagan, won Hamilton County twice and was a two-term president, Kearney said in a statement. “President Obama’s presidency is historic and deserving of a lasting recognition.
President Obama and his administration have presided over the Benghazi attacks, Fort Hood “work place violence” attack, the IRS scandal, Operation Fast and Furious, Eric Holder, NSA and their overreach, Obamacare, Eric Holder, spying on the press, droning American citizens, Hillary Clinton, Solyndra, Border insecurity, Eric Holder, closing down of monuments and scenic overlooks, author of “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it”, Healthcare.gov, Eric Holder, Russia and Mr. Putin, Timothy Geithner, VA scandal, fudged unemployment numbers to win re-election, the burning of the Middle East, and now the Ebola fiasco. This list is not all encompassing, but this State Senator believes President Obama deserves to have a highway named after him? Yeah about that.
WCPO reports: Cincinnati residents have mixed opinions on the idea.
“I think it’s crazy,” said resident Lisa Phelps. “It has always been Norwood Lateral. Why change it?”
Resident Raymond Kelly said he loved the idea and called it “a good thing.”
“I think they should give (Obama) that recognition,” Kelly said. “He needs it. He deserves it.”
Republican Norwood Mayor Tom Williams spoke out against the bill writing to Hamilton County Board of Commissioners President Chris Monzel (R), “I, in no uncertain terms, vehemently oppose the change of the name of the Norwood Lateral… I hope to receive your support in this matter.”
Kearney represents Ohio’s 9th district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township.
If the bills passes, the Norwood Lateral could soon become the “Barack Obama Norwood Lateral”.
No word at this time whether or not Democrats will choose to avoid this stretch of highway if it bears the President’s name.
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