Our esteemed president is flying to Alaska today where he will announce renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali, in a gesture to the Native Alaskan name.
From the WSJ:
Generally believed to be central to the Athabaskan creation story, Denali is a site of significant cultural importance to many Alaska natives,” the White House said in a written statement. The change was announced on the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska.
I don’t have a problem with the mountain going back to being Denali – it seems fitting to me, and the locals call it Denali anyway to match the name of the national park, but I DO have a problem with Obama making this a hollow gesture on his trip to talk about Climate Change.
The renaming is not permanent. Interior Secretary Jewel said the order could be rescinded by Ms. Jewell’s successor, in other words, the next president can decide to call it Mount Yo Mamma. I happen to like the suggestion of a WSJ commenter B. Goeddel:
Well in a few years, a Republican president can rename the largest US landfill Obama. Fair is fair.
As for Obama flying to Alaska to talk about Climate Change, one has to wonder if he’ll take the two-bagger flight in a single engine plane to the top of Denali and walk across the GLACIER that ain’t going anywhere soon. I’m thinking he’ll skip that event.