My friend Richard is a tad vociferous on this subject:
Currently, we name carriers after Presidents. This is an abomination as previously first line aircraft carriers were named after revolutionary war battles or after ships of the continental Navy.But, he has a point. We seem to have skipped over a fine tradition for political gain. And naming ships after living people seems just plain wrong. Naming should be like sainthood. We need to give things a chance to settle before we turn the hagiographers loose to name things.
Regards — Cliff
PS: Yes, I did sign the petition.