Wednesday, March 02, 2011

This Almost Happened: "Joe Biden Elementary School"

Fortunately, Delawarean grade-schoolers narrowly averted this humiliating indignity.
President Obama already has seven schools named after him, but his vice president still has some catching up to do.

Delaware voters may have sent Joe Biden to the Senate six times, but it seems they are not quite ready to name a school after him.

The News Journal (DE) reported yesterday that Brandywine School District officials asked local residents to vote on a name for a new elementary school that is being built on the former site of Hanby Middle School in north Wilmington.

Biden’s name ended up as one of the finalists, but ultimately Delawareans voted to keep the same name. The new school will be Hanby Elementary School.

The News Journal reported that a anonymous campaign popped up online in early January urging Delaware residents to not vote for Biden, saying it was inappropriate to name a public building after an elected official who is still alive.

“Mr. Biden will receive many honors in time,” the site reads. “Let's not make this one of them."
Indeed. One day, there will plenty of schools like this one clamoring to adopt Biden's moniker.

Just be patient, Delaware!


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