Don’t Rename Union Station for Truman. Rename These Places.
The senators from Missouri—Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R)—are introducing legislation today that would rename Union Station after President Harry Truman, the 33rd president who just so happens to be from the Show-Me-State.
Union Station is federal property, so these senators are well within their rights to try and rename it. But we think they can do better than Union Station. We've compiled a list of more appropriate D.C. landmarks to rename in his honor. (We realize that not all of these are on federal property, but we're sure Congress could convince these fine establishments to honor the president.)
The Ravioli Revolution
Besides the Arch and Chuck Berry, toasted ravioli is one of Missouri's great identifiers. The Ravioli Revolution, which operates out of Union Kitchen, should be renamed: The Truman Ravioli Revolution.
The Spy Museum
The CIA was founded during Truman's presidency. Let's allow Truman to have a little more fun than just having his name slapped on a government office building. The Spy Museum should be renamed: The Truman Museum.
LensCrafters Optique at 1130 Connecticut Ave. NW
Poor eyesight dashed Truman's dreams of attending West Point. Honor him and all those who seek to improve sight. LensCrafters Optique should be renamed: The Harry S Truman LensCrafters Optique.
Truman is from Missouri. Missouri Avenue should be renamed: Harry S Truman Is From Missouri Avenue.
Marshalls at 529 14th St. NW
Part of the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan was instrumental in rebuilding Europe after World War II. The Marshalls discount clothing store should be renamed: The Harry S Truman Marshalls (Plan).
Truman's firing of General Douglas MacArthur in 1951 was tremendously unpopular, but it did lead to MacArthur giving an address to Congress that Truman called "a bunch of damn bullshit," which is awesome. Rename MacArthur Boulevard: Harry S Truman Fired General Douglas MacArthur Boulevard.
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