What really is the cause of occasional friction between Washington and Idaho? Though some would deny it, the answer seems pretty clear. It’s name envy – presidential name envy, to be precise. The Evergreen state is named after a titan of American history. The Gem State? Well, let’s face it. “Idaho,” some say, is a phony word that was supposed to sound Native American. A mining lobbyist made it up. So you couldn’t blame residents of Famous Potatoes country if they had a bit of a complex about a next-door neighbor named after the Father of Our Country. But what if Idaho had been named after a president, too? It’s worth considering. So here, on Presidents Day weekend, let’s weigh the what-if pros and cons of Idaho having been named after one of the presidents who served after George Washington and before statehood in 1890/Paul Turner, The Slice, SR. More here. (AP file illustration)
DFO: I always thought that Washington residents were unfortunate to have the same state name as Washington, D.C. Much confusion. I don't think I would want my state mistaken for the federal government.
Question: If Idaho was named after a president, which president would you prefer? Reagan (as in Boise, Reagan)?