As a prelude to his “historic”–if you don’t believe it, ask the media–trip to Alaska, Mr. Obama, by executive fiat, renamed Mt. McKinley. Mr. Obama has as little lawful authority to do that as he had in issuing most of his lawless executive orders, as The New York Sun observes:
It’s a mystery to us where President Obama or his interior secretary, Sally Jewell, gets the authority to rename in Alaska a mountain whose name was ratified by Congress a century ago as McKinley. We can understand the Democratic Party’s interest, in that McKinley, a Republican, was a particularly fine President. He was, moreover, one of four presidents felled by an assassin. We can understand, too, the sentiments of Alaska, whose legislature has wanted to change the name. Where, though, does the president come off doing this by fiat?