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Statue Dedication May Snarl Traffic at DCA on Tuesday

by Katie Pyzyk October 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm 3,721 58 Comments

A statue of Ronald Reagan will be unveiled at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, raising the possibility of some traffic headaches for people driving to the airport.

A ceremony is being held by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation to commemorate the statue unveiling, in front of the airport’s Terminal A.

Drivers should expect heavier-than-usual traffic around the arrivals and departures terminals due to lane closures for the event, airport officials said. Four lanes will merge into one to detour around the event site. There’s also a possibility that traffic will be completely blocked for short periods along the detour route.

Detours will be in place from 11:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. Drivers are encouraged to avoid driving up to the terminals, and to instead keep left at the entrance to the airport, following signs toward parking garages. Passengers can be dropped off or picked up in the hourly parking garage closest to their terminal. Using taxis, which have their own boarding area, or Metro is also bring encouraged.

  • Swag

    I like how all the grass within 20 ft of the Reagan is green and vibrant while everything else is dead.

    • drax

      Sludge will do that.

      • CW


  • arlcyclist

    Do much for the trickle-down method or grass growing the landscaper was relying on. It didn’t work in Ronnie’s day and it doesn’t work now.

    • arlcyclist

      D’oh… that would be “So” not “Do.” So much for my proofreading ability I suppose.

  • #ODCA

    Occupy DCA from 11 to noon on Tuesday! I personally will never call National airport by the R word. YMMV.

    • Pam

      +1. Me, neither.

    • Zoning Victim

      Me neither, and I like Reagan.

    • Rick

      God forbid we show respect for a president… Better not use $5 bills either they have a republican on the front

      • drax

        The Reagan worship thing, combined with a wholesale rewriting of his history to make him into a hardline rightwinger, is a little excessive.


        They want a memorial in every single county in America! That’s not legacy, that’s goofy hero worship. Even Stalin didn’t have that many statues.

  • Carl

    I hope it’s a statue of Ronnie handing out pink slips. Because that would be funny.

    • CW

      I hear that the control tower will be unmanned all day in his honor.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    Darn, I was late, watch the hate pour in in for President Reagan in 3, 2, 1, ….

    • DarkHeart

      Maybe they can move him out to Dulles so he can be with more Republicans.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      So his stature will wave at the departing aircraft and say “There you go again…”

  • Say what you will, but he ended the Cold War and resurrected the Jimmy Carter debacle in only 8 years. Regardless of political affiliation, we are all in a better place because of his tenure. I’ll happily call it Reagan.

    For those who were not around to live it, the country happily rejected the Mondale/Ferraro bid in 1984. Reagan won all but Minnesota and DC in a landslide that mirrored his overwhelming popularity.

    • PentagonPity

      Revisionist history strikes again

      • Zoning Victim

        Really, he didn’t bring an end to the Cold War and defeat Mondale/Ferraro handily?

        • PentagonPity

          Yes, I agree with you that he crushed Mondale

          I think crediting him with ending the Cold War is giving him way too much credit. We outspent the Russians and they ran out of money. We were left with a massive military industrial complex and a little bit of a deficit problem.

          • Zoning Victim

            I agree with everything you said, but that still pretty much gives him the credit for ending the Cold War, along with congress who let him spend the money, of course. Don’t forget that he (they) completely revamped the tax code at the time, too. Those changes unleashed an eventual boom in GDP that lasted over 20 years. I’m not going to blame the total mismanagement of that boom in GDP and the revenues it generated on Reagan. Some better management since his time in office would have paid off that $1.8 trillion long ago.

      • Extremist Identifier


    • drax

      Saying he ended the Cold War cheats all the previous presidents and other leaders who “fought” it before him. He certainly had his impact, but the soldier who fires the last shot shouldn’t get all the credit.

      • CW

        But at least when they say it, the Repubs are being consistent for once. Their belief that Ronnie could magically end the Cold War in a couple years with a wave of his hand aligns nicely with their firm belief that Obama single-handedly managed to tank the U.S. economy in the first six months of his presidency. It all makes such sense, since we know that geopolitical matters and national economies reset and start over from scratch on each inauguration day.

        • Except, the statue isn’t being dedicated to anyone else other than Reagan, so he is the topic. Lots goes on in the world in 8 years. If you want to live in your little ignorant left hole and say he didn’t end the Cold War, go ahead. There are plenty of other lemmings in Arlington (especially those who didn’t live through that time) who will keep you company.

          I’d give JFK credit for keeping missiles out of Cuba, but he’s not the topic of discussion here. Is he?

          • CW

            Yes, he kept on keeping on, and Cold War was won through attrition at a time which happened to coincide with his presidency. I agree with that.

      • B. Bunny

        The Cold War ended the day Gorbachev got out of his limo in front of Duke Ziebert’s.

  • DSS10

    Is there any way to “unname” an airport? Nothing against Reagan but I don’t think that the majority of people here wanted the name changed from National.

    I bet the Air Traffic controllers were really happy about the name change…..

  • Paco

    Reagan, that tax-hiker and deficit spender! Makes sense to honor him in the People’s Republic of Arlington.

  • PentagonPity

    I’m still holding out for the “George W. Bush Center For Children Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too” (although the “George Bush Center for Intelligence” will always be a classic)

    • You do know he was the Director of Central Intelligence, the head of the CIA, don’t you?

      • PentagonPity

        He was? Was he also the President too? Maybe that’s part of the reason why the CIA has been such an epic failure for decades now, more focused on internal bureaucratic warfare than on actual intelligence gathering and disbursement.

        • Andrew

          No, that would be because Clinton gutted the CIA.

        • Zoning Victim

          Perhaps you’re getting George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush confused? The CIA actually worked when GHWB ran it. It wasn’t until after the Iran-Contra affair that they were hamstrung so badly because the government couldn’t stomach the dirty work of covert operations that our intelligence capabilities began to atrophy.

          • PentagonPity

            I dunno that you can say that the CIA actually “worked” during GHWB – although I give him credit that morale certainly improved.

        • R. Griffon

          Bush Sr. was. Not the dumb one.

          • Zoning Victim

            HAHA – that’s too funny…

  • charlie

    the insults continue.
    RR fired everyone via PATCO and yet we put his statue at a great airport.
    I’d rather this statue get run over than the solider in Old Town.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      You want a soldier run over in Old Town! Shame on you! what is this world coming to?

    • Zoning Victim

      Yes, most people who refuse to go to work unless you decrease their hours and increase their pay get fired, and he didn’t fire all of them; about 1,300 of them were smart enough to return to work when he told all of them they were going to be fired if they didn’t return to work in 48 hours. This is the way all striking workers should be treated.

      • drax

        “most people who refuse to go to work unless you decrease their hours and increase their pay get fired”

        No they don’t, at least not union members who have legal rights to representation.

        That said, the PATCO strike was indeed illegal.

        Most striking workers should be treated with respect for their full legal rights.

  • R

    For those that want to belittle Reagan and his accomplishments, maybe you were still swimming in your Dad’s sack or having your diapers changed so you dont remember the debacle that the peanut farmer from Georgia Jimmy Carter unleashed on this country. Some os us lived through 22% interest rates on mortgages, 17% inflation, fuel shortages and lines at gas stations and of course his “malaise” speech…that was a fun period to try and buy a house. Reagan brought optimism and strength back to our country, got things turned around within a few years and came along just when our country needed someone like him, which is why he won re-election in one of the most lopsided elections ever, 525 electoral votes to 13. I didn’t agree with him on everything, he makes our current administration look like amateur hour. Unfortunately there is nobody remotely close on the Republican side of the aisle running right now that could have held Reagan’s jock and take out Obama like Reagan did Carter.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      + 1

    • Zoning Victim

      Very well said; I was just a child during that time, but I remember how hard things were for my parents. I can still remember going to the gas station on our “days” whatever those were and sitting in lines forever (and probably driving my mom nuts because I was so bored). I remember that things were so bad that any little loss of money was a really big deal. My parents’ car had a huge rust hole in the driver’s floor and my mom’s purse tipped over while she was driving one day. A stick of lipstick fell from her purse and out the hole. She started going off about it and I laughed; she yelled at me for about five minutes straight about how expensive lipstick is and how we couldn’t afford to waste anything. She was almost in tears over a tube of lipstick because money was so tight.

    • Arlwhenver

      The 18 onths prior to Ronald Reagan’s re-election, employment growth averaged 350,000 a month, including one month where it exceeded 1,000,000 — Obama won’t do that in a year. Double digit inflation rates and interest rates were beaten into submission. Dream on Reagan haters — he was by far the most able and competent President of our era and had a sterling record in almost every area..

    • drax

      Do you know how inflation ended when Reagan took office? A HUGE recession – one of the worst in post-war history. Unemployment hit 10.8 percent in 1982 (higher than anything we’ve seen in the last 3 years). That’ll kill inflation for sure.

      And I’m old enough to remember that too.

      So it’s not so simple, is it?

      • Carl

        And by 84 he had slashed interest rates to half of what they were from the mess the Democrats left us in 80. He won that election by a fairly wide margin, you may have heard about that. Because he got the economy going again.

        Not so simple, right?

      • Ha ha ha….hangover from the massive mess Jimmy Carter brought on! Jump forward two more years, my friend. In fact, just look at the re-election results and the country will tell you what happened.

    • Thank you for so eloquently describing my “Jimmy Carter debacle” comment above.

      For those who knock Reagan, heed this. When I was a child we used to be taught in school what to do in the event of a nuke attack. It is quite eye opening and scary for a young child to discuss nuclear attack by the Soviets. Now, our largest real threat is backpack bomb going off somewhere or a traffic nightmare because of a snowstorm. Those of you too young to have been taught what to do in the event of a nuclear attack don’t know squat about what Reagan accomplished.

  • BJ

    When will the statue of [George] Washington be installed? After all, it was named after him first, as it still is.

  • Liza

    You can tell we have a GOP congress. Whenever they get control, we’re forced to waste all this money on buildings, renaming airports, and now erecting statues of the biggest cut-and-spend President we’ve ever had. Don’t know why the GOP adores him. He spent more money than Bush Jr. and loved the idea of the Government deciding what people should do in their personal lives

    • Zoning Victim

      No, he didn’t. First of all, your numbers are just wrong. Second the President cannot spend anything the congress doesn’t let him, and the only time he had an arm of congress that was Republican was the Senate during his first term. Here are the facts: Reagan increased the debt by $1,873 trillion in his two terms combined, whereas GWB increased the debt by $6,106 during his two combined (with a Republican House and split Senate in his first term and a fully Democratic congress in his second). Reagan busted the USSR, ending the cold war and saving us trillions more than he spent in the long run. He also revamped the tax code leading to the economic boom of the next 20 years. Yes, there was a pain period involved, but everyone knew that would happen and enough Republicans and Democrats believed in the idea that it passed.

      All Bush II gave us a massive new agency two unfunded wars and yet another social program. Well, that and a bunch of comical video.

      Okay, someone please tell me what Reagan did to have the government control people’s personal lives.

      We conservatives like Reagan because he gave us back our money, pulled us out of a giant mess and ended the Cold War. Reagan also predicted the demise of the Medicare program way back in the day before it was passed. He was a conservative speaker long before he ever ran for office. Besides, unlike politicians from this day and age, he was a likeable personality.

    • Rick

      ” Whenever they get control, we’re forced to waste all this money on buildings, renaming airports,”……

      Have you heard of TIGER grants?

  • JimPB

    Would Reagan have wanted a government ceremony to get in the way of commerce and recreation by disrupting the flow of businesspeople and others? No. Hell, No!
    Solution: Use IT to stream a video of him in rock into a setting that can accommodate the attenders for the ceremony.

    Whatever happened to the wise Federal law not to name things after people until they had been dead for at least 25 years? This to allow time for considered perspective on their deeds (and misdeeds). Now we don’t even wait until death. And it’s not so they will or have made a substantial donation, thereby buying their recognition. Worse cases:

    — CIA headquarters named for a director of less than one year ( 30 January 1976–20 January 1977). Maybe the recognition was for the brevity of his time there.

    — Buildings at NIH named after still living Members of Congress who were successful advocates for increasing the appropriations of Federal funds for the NIH. We pay and get no recognition; they provide our money and they get recognized (Note: by Congressional decree.)

    • Zoning Victim

      Haha, I’m with you. It actually costs a lot of money to change the names of things and build statues, so I’m somewhat against the whole thing, anyway.

      • I have more of a problem with Presidential Libraries than I do statues.


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