Sunday, November 6, 2011
Ronald Reagan statues are popping up across the country and around the world at an unprecedented pace.
The Reagan Presidential Foundation on Tuesday unveiled a 9-foot-statue of the former president at the Washington, D.C. airport bearing his name.
At a whopping cost of $900,000 cost, the 900-pound monstrosity was paid for by four mystery donors.
Similar tributes to the patron saint of the Republican party are springing up in in Simi Valley, CA, Budapest, Hungary, and in front of the American embassy in London.
President Bill Clinton signed legislation in 1998 renaming Washington National Airport the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the Republican-controlled Congress pushed the bill through.
Critics complained at the time that Reagan was already slated to have an International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue and Nimitz-class aircraft carrier named after him.
Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-VA) called the move by Republicans an “arrogant abuse of power” because the airport was already named after President: George Washington.
Only time will tell if President Obama — a Reagan aficionado, will name other Federal buildings or aircraft carriers after Reagan, or even champion the controversial notion of adding Reagan’s face to Mt. Rushmore, as many Republicans have suggested.