On October 11th, 2011, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony that showcased the President Barack Obama Parkway near the Mall at Millenia. Phase I connects the parkway north of Conroy Road to Metrowest Boulevard, a mile-and-a-half stretch that includes lighting, sidewalks and on-street bike lanes. Shingle Creek Trail, used by pedestrians and bicyclists, was also extended. So far, the price tag is $10.5 million. When the project is completed, the parkway will extend from Conroy Road to U.S. Highway 441 in Apopka. Non-embeddable news video available at the site.
Obama flew into Orlando around 5 P.M. to attend the first of two Democratic fundraisers as he tries to con people into contributing to his re-election campaign. At least 400 suckers were expected to show up, at $250 a pop. But not all Orlando residents are pleased. A number showed up to publicly protest the parkway, as well as Obama's visit to the community. A gallery of 15 photos is available. Comments posted to WESH Channel 2 further underscore the decision's unpopularity:
FLORIDAWAG Oct. 11, 2011 2:58pm EST:
What A disgrace!!! I will never use that road then... Obama is a Thug and has ruined our country ..THE great divider !!
gcash01 [Profile] Oct. 11, 2011 1:37pm EST:
Who decided to name this stretch of road after someone who has minimal respect in our area. Why couldn't we have named it after one of the fallen service men that died in Iraq or Afghanistan?
It's bad enough they're naming a road after Obama in the first place. What's particularly despicable is that they're doing it while he's still in office. This is the same type of idolatry afforded to dictators like Kim Il-Sung, Josef Stalin, and Idi Amin. At least when they launched their orgy of idolatry towards Martin Luther King, he was already dead.
I suggest we give this parkway our own name -- the George Lincoln Rockwell Memorial Parkway.