Here’s the word from the NY Times.
An Honor That Bush Is Unlikely to Embrace
By JESSE McKINLEY
Published: June 25, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO – Reagan has his highways. Lincoln has his memorial. Washington has the capital (and a state, too). But President Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.
From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.
The plan, naturally hatched in a bar, would place a vote on the November ballot to provide “an appropriate honor for a truly unique president.”
More on the NY Times website.
Of course, this story inspires great headlines. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keeping Bush’s name in circulation
By AMAN BATHEJA, JOHN MORITZ, MARIA RECIO and ANNA M. TINSLEY
Star-Telegram staff writers
With fewer than 200 days until President Bush leaves the White House and moves to Dallas, some people are already working to commemorate the outgoing commander in chief.
But not necessarily in ways Texas’ former governor would appreciate.
This column from the Austin American-Statesman deserves a read.
President’s legacy could end up in the sewer
By John Kelso
Friday, July 04, 2008
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than to highlight something special that’s never happened before in the history of our country?
Some smart-aleck citizens in San Francisco have held a petition drive to rename a large sewage treatment plant after George W. Bush. If they are successful, what is now known as the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant would be renamed the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.
That’s one small step for mankind and one big flush for the White House. Still, the administration isn’t real happy about it.
“I just don’t think it dignifies a response,” said White House press secretary Dana Perino. I guess Bush is worried about his legacy in the history books. Actually, with some of the stuff he’s pulled off, a poop-cleaning operation might be a step up.
BBC reports signatures delivered to the city clerk, photo of the sewage plant targeted in the initiative:
Meanwhile, in SF a columnist offers another way to remember George W. Bush.
A Better Way to Remember George Bush
by Paul Hogarth Jun. 09 2008
A group of San Franciscans are collecting signatures for a November Proposition to rename a local Sewage Treatment Plant after George W. Bush – which, if passed by the voters, would take effect on January 20, 2009. Complete with an impressive website, the “Presidential Memorial Commission” believes this is the most appropriate way for San Francisco to remember George Bush’s legacy. But as much as I hate our sorry excuse for a President, I strongly oppose this idea — because it is terribly unfair to sewage treatment plants. Instead, like I proposed a year ago, San Francisco should change the name of Bush Street. And to sweeten the deal, we should change it to Obama Street – and have it go into effect on January 20, 2009.