Here is my disclaimer: I spent a good part of my adult life, from 1983 to 2011 in the great state of Ohio. While it wasn’t my “home state”, it was what I considered home. So it is with that in mind that I write the following:
Bobo Obama just blew the 2016 election for the Democrats. He probably didn’t even think of it when he decided to re-name Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America “Denali”. But what he did was piss off one of the most important swing states in the country. And it’s a state that any Democrat that wants to win the White House next year is going to have to carry. And now, all any Republican is going to have to do is point out the fact that Bobo, the world’s second most famous clown, re-named the tallest peak in this part of the world, which was named after one of Ohio’s favorite sons. Big mistake.
This guy that thrives on politics, who believes life itself is a political game, screwed his own party (and the continuation of his legacy). Even staunch Democrats are pissed as hell at him for trying to take the name away from McKinley. And why? So he could appease the Aleuts? Actually, I personally think he did it because he is replacing the name of a Republican president, assassinated in office, with he original name that the Aleuts used for centuries. Now THAT’s progress!
So, why is this such a big deal? Actually it’s not to most Americans. For most people it won’t matter a damn bit. If you’ve ever seen Mt. McKinley/Denali it’s an extremely impressive sight. The curvature of the earth dictates you can only see 12 miles before you go over the horizon. Driving from Anchorage to Talkeetna, where the Mt. McKinley base camps are located, you see this HUGE mountain for about 75 miles. It grows and grows the closer you get. THAT is one big mountain to see it from that far away! And it’s breathtaking. So, why is it such a big deal? Because to Ohioans, McKinley was THEIR president. Look, we’ve had a total of eight presidents from the Buckeye State. William Henry Harrison, who died after a month in office; Ulysses S. Grant, who was a much better general than a president; Rutherford B. Hayes, who succeeded Grant, and was plagued with corruption; James Garfield…who was assassinated; Benjamin Harrison, who had the distinct honor of being in the middle of Grover Cleveland’s terms; McKinley (also assassinated); William Howard Taft, known for his size rather than anything else; and Warren G. Harding, who served two years in office before dying of a heart attack.
So, of the eight presidents we had, half of them died in office, including three of the five presidents that have been assassinated. McKinley was probably the best of them. Ohioans are proud of the fact, and yes…we’re also ones that hold grudges. Don’t think this won’t hurt the Dems when election day comes around next year!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!