Elizabeth Rowin, 56, began this petition in 2018 as a joke and now it is just a few more signatures away from its goal of 75,000.
In an effort to troll the current Trump rule, a petition began circulating asking for their support to rename the New York City street situated outside Trump Tower. The suggested name was, of course, United States' Former President, Barack Obama. A campaign that began as a joke has now amassed thousands of supporters. According to a report by Fox News, a woman started this campaign back in 2018. On Monday, the news station approached the woman to share more details.
Speaking to Newsweek, Elizabeth Rowin confessed how this campaign was launched as a joke but somehow it managed to gain a lot of supporters. "I honestly started it as a joke," said the 56-year-old. It turns out that idea came from a comedian's set. "I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought, why not?" continued Rowin. Now, the effort has obtained more than 65,000 online signatures.
Rowin further claimed that many members from the New York City Council got in touch with her regarding this measure after she sent a letter to them swearing to continue pushing for the said change. The petition was filed on Moveon.org which requested to change the current address from 725 5th Ave to 725 Barack H. Obama Avenue. "The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor," reads the petition. Furthermore, Rowin appreciated Obama's efforts of "saving" the country during the Great Recession and by taking out Osama bin Laden. She also claimed how Obama served a "scandal-free" period during his time in the White House.
Trump Fact:— Donaldo (@donaldmackenz30) August 10, 2019
New Yorkers don't like Trump.
They have started a petition to request that the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 59th be renamed President Barack H. Obama Avenue.
If it gets the green light, Trump Tower will have a new address.
Poetic justice or what...?
"We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers," it continued. Although this honorary move was much appreciated, however, a city cannot rename a street after a public figure until they are dead reports Fox News. Not everyone can simply rename a street after themselves. To gain that respect, one must have a significant record of their contribution towards the community and should be supported by at least 75 percent of the local residents.
The petition is then passed through many bureaucratic channels before being handed to the city council. Finally, an approval from the mayor kicks it into action. Unfortunately, Rowin's petition is yet to reach the goal of 75,000 signatures. Rowin who is now determined to see this through explained how she would write to the New York City Council and Mayor Bill De Blasio to get updates about its progress. "I am sure the conditions can be changed, there are two streets in LA named after former President Obama. These laws are arbitrary and can be worked around."
There have been instances where streets have been named after famous personalities such as the Diana Ross Playground, Notorious B.I.G." Wallace Way, and Wu-Tang Clan District. Asking to change the name of the street where Trump Tower is situated is definitely A level trolling. Incidentally, the tower was also used as the headquarters for the presidential campaign.
I love this... There is no greater compliment than having haters. https://t.co/qvtD0jmcEM— TheRealTimSchaffner (@RealTSchaffner) August 14, 2019
One Twitter user revealed his excitement at the very thought of this idea. He wrote: I really hope they do this!!! Let’s be real this is a Democratic city!! Another wrote: We need a group that does nothing but come up with stuff like this that annoys Trump. And Kim T won the comment round by writing: Dear Santa, This is the only thing I want for Christmas pleeeease