Sunday, October 11, 2009

Airport Named After Jimmy Carter !

In the interests of fairness, I am sticking to the facts. Souther Field Airport has been renamed after James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, according to Associated Press. Although some people in Americus, Georgia opposed the move, a significant number of locals felt the pride in a native son making it to the White House. Inhabitants of Moravia, New York feel the same swell of pride when they recall Millard Fillmore, who also served a single term in the White House from 1850-53, a little more that 120 years prior to Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter's successor, Ronald Wilson Reagan also had an airport named after him near our nation's capitol in Arlington, Virginia. Though not technically located in Washington DC, it serves the nation's capitol.

Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, as it is now known, is located in Americus, Georgia, a city of approximately 17,000 people. The airport is about as easy to locate as the achievements of the former President after whom it is named. Reagan International Airport is, by contrast as well known and easily located as the achievements of its namesake.

Meanwhile, the inhabitants of Moravia, New York impatiently await the recognition that one of their former citizens once occupied the White House many years ago.

I wish to congratulate President Jimmy Carter on having an airport named after him that is equal in stature to his achievements.

The portrait above is of Millard Fillmore, America's 13th President.

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