At the behest of its students, an elementary school near New York City has been renamed after President-elect Barack Obama.
The six and seven year olds made us do it!
The Hempstead Union Free School District board voted unanimously Thursday night to rename Ludlum Elementary School as Barack Obama Elementary School. The change went into effect immediately, school officials said Friday.
So basically no one on that school board had the guts to be politically incorrect and say "Barack Obama isn't even President yet, don't we normally wait until someone dies or at least does something significant before we start naming things after him." Also couldn't we have at least waited, I don't know, until he actually became President.
Officials for the Long Island district say they think the school is the country's first to be named after the first black president-elect, although similar efforts to rename schools, parks and streets are under way elsewhere.
So it was a race was it? Are they going to change the name back if Obama Presidency turns out to be a disaster? Seriously if we the economy goes into a depression and there are several terrorist attacks on his watch do you think they'll change it back?
The Clear Stream Avenue School in Valley Stream, N.Y., also on Long Island, will consider a renaming resolution in December. Students at the Clark K-8 At Binnsmead school in Portland, Ore., are seeking to rename it after Obama. And the prime minister of the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has said he wants its Boggy Peak renamed Mount Obama.
All right that's it! Shouldn't the man have to sign at least one piece of legislation before he gets a mountain named after him. By the way why are other countries naming their mountains after Obama anyway.
Most of the 466 Hempstead pupils are black or Hispanic, and Obama's election was a big source of pride, principal Jean Bligen said Friday.
Some of the children read essays about Obama and the election at the school board meeting on Thursday night. "That really was effective," Bligen said.
Translation: Some of these kids parents wrote essays for their children and made them go to the board meeting and read them.
The change will be formalized at a ceremony in December. School officials hope Gov. David Paterson, the state's first black governor and Hempstead High School graduate, will attend.
I'm sure Patterson will attend. If for no other reason than to ask why the school wasn't named after him. Since uhh you know he's actually served the citizens of New York.
Built in the 1920s, the Ludlum Elementary School was named after Dr. Charles Ludlum, a local physician who served on the school board for about 40 years.
Dr Ludlum served his community for forty years, Obama has never lived near this community and yet Dr. Ludlum's name has been replaced why exactly? Oh that's right because the six and seven year olds wanted it to be. I can't be the only one who thinks this is crazy.
Next thing you know some they'll expect to have his face on Mount Rushmore. You probably have already seen this, but it still gets the point across.
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