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White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

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"President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska." - article

A rare and beautiful chance to recognize and appreciate the beauty of this land before the time of change.

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Fair enough. But in turn, he should rename the White House to the McKinley House to pay respect to the rich who have been buying the presidency ever since McKinley.

"The History Channel shows the men at a table trying to figure out what to do. Carnegie points out that Bryan would surely gain the Democratic nomination for president. Another person at the table notes that the Republicans would have a good candidate as well. At that point, J. P. Morgan says this: “No, we will buy a president.” "

"This is exactly what they did. They looked around the country and settled on William McKinley, governor of Ohio. At once they began pouring a good deal of money into McKinley’s campaign, while remaining cleanly in the background."

"They owned newspapers or were able to use financial influence to get their articles and headlines into newspapers. They began a campaign against Bryan by attempting to paint him as a religious zealot (he was Presbyterian) who would impose his religious ideals and zeal on Americans. The papers said he would shut down businesses."

Free Press my a$$

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"The peak got its officially recognized name in 1898, when a prospector was exploring mountains in central Alaska, the White House said. Upon hearing the news that McKinley, a Republican, had received his party’s nomination to be president, the prospector named it after him and the name was formally recognized." - article

Still better than, the heritage of the North American Continent is broader, wider and enriched by President Obama's clarity to see perspective and strength are not mutually exclusive. McKinley was a nice man who never saw the mountain where a prospector filed a claim to name his claim McKinley.

On the scale of boo-hoo? A 2 Boo-hoo. Boo-hoo.

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A nice story of bipartisan cooperation, considering one of Alaska's politcal dynasties (Murkowski family) advocated for the change. Actually, the only thing holding it up all these decades was the Ohio congressional delegation who kept blocking the name change at the last minute. I doubt that McKinley is widely honored in Ohio, so even less reason to do so in Alaska.

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I find this story pretty amusing. Good on them to change the name. President McKinley did not deserve the honor of having a mountain named after him, especially since it already had a name....

My only problem is that the name Mt. McKinley is ingrained in my brain and the name Denali is ingrained in my brain as a huge gas guzzling GMC SUV, the Yukon Denali.

I'll need to think of the big GMC SUV as a mental crutch when thinking about the mountain.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_William_McKinley

The 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, was shot and fatally wounded on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when he was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. The President died on September 14 from gangrene caused by the bullet wounds. McKinley became the third American president to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881.

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I hear ya could see Russia on top of Denali

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I doubt that McKinley is widely honored in Ohio, so even less reason to do so in Alaska.

On the contrary, there are a number of statues, memorial sites, schools, roads and events named after McKinley in Ohio, including a huge monument and a high school in my hometown of Canton, Ohio. Being assassinated in office or killed on the job has that effect.

Predictably, no one ever pointed out to us the facts about naming the mountain after him. So, here's to Denali!

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The headline made me think something silly was going on, but it's a pretty compelling story to read about.

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@Jeff, at least McKinley is a safe sounding name for the public places you listed. Can you imagine the havoc trying to name places after a President Boehner? (Yes, I know it is pronounced Bay-ner, but I can't resist a little dirty humor.)

"Welcome to John Boehner High School, where everyone takes our sex ed program very seriously."

"Boehner Airport, where pilots are given the heads up, cough cough, make that the all clear to come in for a landing."

"Come see the Boehner Memorial: The place where Boehner lies buried."

All in all, I'm not surprised the man has decided not to throw his name into race for president this time around.

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Yeah the map industry must be having a ball with this one with the sudden flood of orders for the revised copies around the world.

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Yey!!

My Country My Mountain here we go!!

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"Fair enough. But in turn, he should rename the White House to the McKinley House to pay respect to the rich who have been buying the presidency ever since McKinley."

No, he should rename it 'The Black House' in honour of the millions of African slaves who built America...

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My only problem is that the name Mt. McKinley is ingrained in my brain

Reminds me of the Ayers Rock/Uluru change.

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Just one simple comment.

Such action by the President, makes him appear as if he is changing history and removing those visible signs of history. That is very similar to what ISIS (ISIL) is doing.

Why..? Why now?

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Such action by the President, makes him appear as if he is changing history and removing those visible signs of history.

Nonsense... sounds like something an ISIS sympathizer would say.

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