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 it’s 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."
In honor of the President's historic Stimulus Package, the road will feature a series of Project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signs to mark every one-tenth mile interval of the Parkway.
The one-mile markers will be even more grandiose: each will consist of a four-story tall statue of President Obama in a leadership pose (one is called "Obama looks into the distance") and will be surrounded by fountains.
At the end of the Parkway, which also serves as the entrance to the city dump, the torso of Michelle Obama flexing her biceps crosses over the highway.
Too soon? Nah, it's not too soon. This President is historic!
Update: Obama Porkway: Road Built With Stimulus Money Will Bear President’s Name
Hat tip: MP.