Fla. crime-ridden city officially votes to name highway after Barack Obama, and the world laughs

Ever since Riviera Beach, a city in Florida, voted to change the street name Old Dixie Highway to President Barack Obama Highway, comments have been pouring in on social media — most of them not good.

One might have imagined something like this happening six years ago, but not now, with the president’s poll numbers dropping like an anvil.

West Palm Beach NBC-TV affiliate WPTV-5 first broke the story Wednesday night and sent it to its Facebook page, which is still flooding with comments.

The world is laughing.

One person wrote: “Riviera is always the joke of Palm Beach County,” and included this photo:

full throttle

Another was a bit wordier:

Yep, the City Council of Riviera Beach are so out of touch with reality. Let’s not worry about the crime, the murders, the many many issues that those city faces. Let’s rename a road bc the mayor, who doesn’t have any authority anyways, thinks Dixie is racist.

Wish i could move out of this city and not give anymore of my tax dollars to this city. This city will never lift itself out of poverty and crime if the elected officials stay in office. Shame, shame, shame

Although Riviera Beach includes a large swath of Singer Island, which includes middle-to-upper-income residences, most of it is on the mainland of southeastern Florida, and much of it is blighted.

Some commenters made note of this:

“So happy for Trash Town, I mean…Riviera Beach. Glad Dixie Highway isn’t running through there anymore! Barack Obama highway is so much more appropriate for that part of town.”

“This politically correct thing has gone way to far in Riviera Beach. Do you think the City Council should spend its time on real issues like crime and gang violence in Riviera Beach.”

“Once again, the Riviera Beach City Council shows where it’s priorities lie — to heck with improving life for it’s citizens, let’s do something that will give our politicians some State and National notice. Not self-serving, no!! How about if West Palm designates part of Dixie as George Bush Highway?”

Folks also took to Twitter to express their feelings:

But maybe the best comment came from Facebook — short and sweet:

“Can’t find my vomit icon. He can have it.”


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