NJ Town Upset Over “Kennedy Center” Name Change To “Obama Center - My9 New Jersey

NJ Town Upset Over “Kennedy Center” Name Change To “Obama Center”

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Willingboro, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

A good portion of Willingboro, New Jersey is dedicated to late President John F. Kennedy. Residents there can take a stroll down John F. Kennedy Way, browse the stores at the John F. Kennedy shopping plaza and even get pampered at the John F. Kennedy Nail Salon and beauty supply store. Suffice it to say, Willingboro thinks highly of the late U.S. President.

However, now there are some rumblings from the community about the council's decision to change the recreation center and former school from the “Kennedy Center” to the “President Barack Obama Center”.

“I graduated from JFK back in '72 so it's gonna be kinda hard to all of a sudden start calling the school Obama,” longtime Willingboro resident Al said.

According to published reports, the council and deputy mayor say that President Obama had a major impact on the city and that residents actually want the change.

Although, that doesn't seem to be the case, as some residents like Beulah have expressed their opposition and indifference regarding the change.

“I love my president, I appreciate him, but why does that need to be reflected on the center?” she questioned.

“I just don't really see the need to change the name at this point,” Al said.

“Maybe they should call it the Obama/Kennedy center, I don't know,” resident Francetta added.

The current Kennedy Center is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and when it's done it will be renamed after President Obama.

Social media has been passionately debating whether a living president, who's legacy is still up for debate, should be having these types of structures in communities named after him. Meanwhile Willingboro residents have mixed feelings at best about why the 40 year history of the Willingboro Kennedy Center may be coming to an end.

 

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