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  •  All the regular folks (10+ / 0-)

    just call it National.  It's "Reagan" in the local and national media (which has a huge reach).

    You can always tell who just moved to town...they're the only ones (along with the Republican enthusiasts) who call it Reagan.

    Most people catch on and start calling it National, once they realize that's what the locals call it.

    I think the local resistance to calling it Reagan is far more deep-seated than those few folks who called JFK "Idlewild" for a few years after its renaming.

    •  Maybe has to do with language (2+ / 0-)
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      JFK or Kennedy glides over the tongue easier than Idlewild.

      "JFK" also is the code for that airport, so the airline industry spreads the message.

    •  Yes, whenever someone mentions to me that they're (7+ / 0-)

      flying through Reagan, I correct them and say, "Oh, you mean National?"  The naming of this airport was rammed down the throats of a populace that was 75% Democratic.  This was a consequence of losing control of both houses during the 1990's:  those assholes started naming shit after Reagan.  So even though Democrats don't get much done when they are in control, at least they keep a lid on deifying Reagan.

      Having a policy does not mean receiving care. -- Tzimisce

      by Miggles on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 10:42:07 AM PST

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    •  Whenever I make reservations over the phone . . . (4+ / 0-)
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      I always call it National Airport.  Come to think of it, I never refer to it as Reagan National Airport - it's always National Airport, as far as I'm concerned.

      "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

      by rmx2630 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 10:52:50 AM PST

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      •  Similarly (4+ / 0-)
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        The big Houston airport was Houston Intercontinental forever (IAH - for Intercontinental Airport Houston), but they decided to rename it George H W Bush Intercontinental.  Fortunately, most locals still call it Intercontinental rather than George Bush International.

        I support the troops! I want them to return home in something besides caskets and body bags. (-6.5,-4.1)

        by minidriver on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 01:55:07 PM PST

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