The Grio reports that following a city council decision, Los Angeles is going to be renaming its Rodeo Road after none other than Barack Obama. The announcement was officially made on Twitter by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: “We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.,” he said in the tweet.
Note that this isn’t the famous Rodeo Drive you may be thinking of, but it does have some significance for Obama, with him once campaigning along that same road in the lead-up to his historic run for president.
Even after only being out of office for a short time, this isn’t the only case of a city choosing to make a prominent name change to honor Obama. The recent Barack Obama Day in Illinois is one example, but we also covered a few other examples of this back in June. Here is some of the previous coverage:
“The former J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, is notable because Richmond, historically, was the capital of the Confederacy, so this is a nice symbolic change for those in the area. Only one school member voted against the decision, but wasn’t supporting the original name so much as asking to delay the vote, allowing them to change the name to a local figure instead.
“This is Richmond and we are about history and we have so many great local stories to tell,” said Kenya Gibson, who represents the elementary school, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Our local stories are so important to cherish.” Regardless, the school will soon be designated Barack Obama Elementary School. This doesn’t mark the only case of various municipalities making the decision to change the names of various buildings named for controversial figures.
On Monday, school board members in Tulsa, Oklahoma, chose to change Columbus and Chouteau Elementaries to Dolores Huerta Elementary and Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy. A change was also approved for the city’s Robert E. Lee Elementary School, but a new name won’t be determined until another meeting on August 6th. This doesn’t mark the first time that Barack Obama has been chosen for a school’s new name, either. Last fall, the school board in Jackson, Mississippi, voted to change a school named for Jefferson Davis to Obama’s name.”
Get ready to ease on down the road to Obama Boulevard now that the Los Angeles City Council voted to rename Rodeo Road after our 44th President.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the news Tuesday night, tweeting:
“We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.,” he said in the tweet.
The renaming of the street after former President Barack Obama was first proposed back in 2017 by City Council President Herb Wesson.
When Obama was running for President, it was on Rodeo Road at Rancho Cienega Park that he once campaigned along the 3.5-mile street that runs from the Culver City border east to Mid-City, according to ABC23.
But don’t confuse the street with the more famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills which is home to some upscale and very posh boutiques.
This has been a pretty celebratory summer for President Obama.
On August 4th, he turned 57 years old today and kicked off his birthday week turning up and showing out at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert, along with his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama.
He capped things off by marking the first Barack Obama Day on Saturday, as the legislature in his former home state of Illinois passed a law last year to designate August 4 as a commemorative holiday.
Last year, a resolution to honor Obama by state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) was passed. It would rename a portion of the 134 Freeway after him. A Richmond Virginia elementary school will also amend its name from a Confederate general to the name of the nation’s first Black President. And the Richmond school board voted to rename the J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School.
There’s also been a number of schools renamed after Obama in California as well.