Claim: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is changing its name to the Obama Center.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2014]
Origins: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a performance hall and education complex located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington D.C. Although the Kennedy Center is the official home of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera, it is most widely known for hosting the annual Kennedy Center Honors, a program which recognizes living individuals for lifetime artistic achievement and which is broadcast live on network television each year.
Although the legislation to establish a National
But there is another Kennedy Center, this one a community recreation center and senior citizens hall in Willingboro, New Jersey. In early August 2014 the Willingboro Township Council voted to rename that Kennedy Center in honor of President Barack Obama:
The change became official Tuesday when the township council voted to change the name of the building to honor President Barack Obama.
The name of the street the building is on — Kennedy Way — will not be changed. A shopping center across the street is also named for Kennedy.
“I’m an Obama supporter,” Donnelly said. “I voted for him two times, and I would vote for him again. It’s not about that.... Kennedy meant a lot to this town in the 1960s. They are changing history.”
Ahle, Steven. "Kennedy Center To Be Renamed After Obama." BuzzPo. 9 August 2014 Goldman, Jeff. "Building In N.J. Town Named After John F. Kennedy Will Now Be Named After Obama." The Star-Ledger. 7 August 2014. Levinsky, David and Rose Krebs. "Willingboro Council Reverses Kennedy Center Name Change." Burlington County Times. 2 September 2014.