First Lady Michelle Obama may soon be inviting school kids from Barack H. Obama Elementary School to tour the White House or work the victory garden if members of Prince George’s County Board of Education have their way.
This blogger is a fan of the President, but believes it’s way too early to be tossing around tributes to him. The guy has been in office for only five months. At very least, wait until he finishes his first term. The fear is that by the time the President begins his second term, Obamiacs will be in the final stages of planning a monument on the National Mall.
A friendly word of advice to the good people of Prince George’s County: Presidential school names are a permanent thing. Don’t make the same mistake that dunderheads in Stockton, Calif., did when they opened George W. Bush Elementary in 2003. The tribute was to the then-self-acclaimed “Education President” whose “No Child Left Behind” legacy has burdened schools countrywide with never-ending testing and federal mandates.
Dubya, of course, soon jumped ship. He left behind the “Education President” title, manfully morphing into “War President” mode. Landing jets on carriers is a much bigger thrill than hanging out with a bunch of educators and their charges.
And pity the poor kids in Hiawatha, Iowa, who attend “Nixon Elementary.” That hall of learning opened in 1970 as Richard M. Nixon Elementary School with a grand opening four years before Tricky Dick waved his final good-bye to White House staff before entering a helicopter in disgrace for the beginning of the long ride back to California. Crafty Citizens of Hiawatha have lessened the shame somewhat. They did modify the school’s name to the more generic Nixon Elementary. People may be tricked into thinking the building is named after the town’s beloved doctor or civic leader.
Take a breath, Prince George’s County. There are eight more years to see if Barack measures up. A lot can happen. The Obama name is a tougher cover-up than Nixon, a true master of the dark arts.