Willingboro Renaming Its Kennedy Center After Barack Obama

Although the woman who spearheaded the change missed the vote to rename the town’s rec center after our current president, the vote passed anyway.

The township council of Willingboro, New Jersey, voted Tuesday night to rename the town’s rec hub and senior center after Barack Obama. The site, which used to be a high school and is undergoing a major overhaul, is currently named the Kennedy Center.

The mayor voted against the change, which was apparently brought up just Tuesday by Councilman Chris Walker. He made a motion at the meeting to add it to the agenda. The soon-to-be-former Kennedy Center is currently under renovation, but don’t get too upset for JFK: Not only is he moving $1,250 coins, but a street and shopping center in Willingboro are named after him.

Mayor Eddie Campbell Jr. voted against the proposal, primarily because he said Tuesday night was the first he’d heard of it. Deputy mayor Jacqueline Jennings didn’t vote — she was late to the meeting — but she “happen[s] to idolize Barack Obama.”

But she doesn’t just support it: Although Jennings was late to the meeting, the Inquirer reports she was the one spearheading the change. “The vote in 2008 … was change for us,” she told the paper “It gave us, as African Americans, the opportunity to believe in those dreams that our forefathers sought. For us to be able to live in that historical moment and then have this president reelected, it means a lot.”

The center is currently undergoing a $4.9 million renovation, turning the cafeteria into a banquet hall. The township is soliciting bids for a renovation of the auditorium.

Although he is still a sitting president, Barack Obama already has an impressively long list of things named after him.

[Burlington County Times | Inquirer]

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  • There are a number of issues at play here. First and foremost, the disrespectful act of changing the name of a building that honors a President that actually visited the town and the memories that all of the graduates who went to John F. Kennedy High School in that building. The council has rightfully so decided to listen to the comments of the residents and graduates and will be meeting again on September 2nd. If you would like to have a say in this, go to that meeting.

    • Daiseymae

      Willingboro is a cesspool now. JFK High School is no more. Go ahead and call it the Ovomit Center. That is what Willingboro now is anyway.

  • Carl

    what a disgrace, If this happens I would hope the people would remove the signage.

  • FrustratedPaulRevere

    At least now we know where a lot of the lowest IQ’s in the country live. Man placed us under indefinite detention laws,without trial, for the 1st time in our history.He murdered 4 Americans, including a 16 yr old kid, WITHOUT trial. Then gave himself the right to murder American citizens, on our own soil, WITHOUT trial. His 30,000 spy drones over our skies begin next year. Gave himself the right to spy on us. Record your calls & read your e-mails, WITHOUT warrant. All of Egypt wants him put on trial for war crimes, for arming muslim brotherhood president Morsi. Removed our ban to arm terrorist. Removed our propaganda ban, we have had since 1948, now we got Al-jazeera & the voice of the muslim brotherhood on time-warner. Forced socialized healthcare. Rewriting laws himself-treason. Gave Monsanto free reign to experiment on us with GMO’s, without fear of lawsuit.. Went on TV & announced he would commit treason, with his pen & phone.Two weeks ago, they filed to sue him for impeachment. Der….let’s rename the JFK center in his honor. Just wow.

  • DW

    Yes Jacqueline, let’s change the name simply because the fool is black. Great reason. Tell me ONE thing BO has done for blacks! Seriously. Name one. Just ONE!

  • Wallace Hill

    This woman should realise the world sees coloured americans Not Africans claiming to be american.