Online petition launched to change name of Reagan National Airport

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Online Petition Launched To Change Name Of  Reagan National Airport

Name changes are all the rage—at least they're certainly capable of eliciting it.

When President Obama restored Mount McKinley to its original name of Denali, some congressional Republicans cried foul—especially those who share a home state with the Ohio-born former president.

Now, a San Francisco-based cellphone company would like to remind Republicans that they've changed the name of a public space that once honored a former president, too.

CREDO Mobile set up an online petition aimed at Speaker John Boehner, urging him to restore Ronald Reagan National Airport to its original name of Washington National Airport.

Anything less, the petition says, would be inconsistent, since Boehner himself criticized Denali's recent name change.

In 1998, over the protestations of many Democrats and even some Republicans, the GOP-dominated House and Senate controversially voted to rename Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia after Ronald Reagan.

Opposition to renaming the airport was fierce, especially from local residents and officials who had to bear the burden of the cost.

Organizers hope to obtain 75,000 signatures before delivering it to Boehner.

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Online petition launched to change name of Reagan National Airport
An airplane flies between the air traffic control tower and the Washington Monument at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. For more than three years, the government has kept secret a study it requested that found air traffic controllers’ work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to report on the study obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Travelers walk past a Christmas Tree at Reagan National Airport on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A steady but light stream of travelers set out from the airport in the morning. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
This photo taken Monday, Jan. 4, 2013, from Air Force One, shows the White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, downtown Washington and Ronald Reagan National Airport. For decades, the economy in and around the Capital Beltway has benefited from the growth of the federal government. Now, as automatic federal budget cuts kick in, those same communities are bracing to take a disproportionate hit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The White House, Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial are seen in Washington, Sunday, April 1, 2012. The Potomac River is seen in the distance with Reagan National Airport at right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A Republic Airways jet takes off from Reagan National Airport in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The Capitol is seen across the Potomac River. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, a US Airways plane takes off after the runway was opened for the first time in three days at Washington's Reagan National Airport, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. A massive snow storm hit the region Friday and Saturday, dumping 2 feet of snow in some places and closing area airports over the weekend. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
With the U.S. Capital building in the background, a US Airways jet sits on a runway at Reagan National Airport on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004 in Washington. US Airways Group Inc., the nation's seventh-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, for the second time in two years. The company's president vowed to continue restructuring the airline into a low-cost carrier during the bankruptcy process (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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