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"No Dream Is Too Big": Barack Obama Gets Street Named After Him In Los Angeles

"No Dream Is Too Big": Barack Obama Gets Street Named After Him In Los Angeles

“For every child who will drive down this street and see the name of the first Black President of our country, this boulevard will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big,” the L.A. City Council president, Herb Wesson, tweeted later Saturday.

In a monumental move, Los Angeles officially renamed a 3.5-mile road on Saturday to Obama Boulevard, after President Barack Obama. Obama said the honor was humbling, but added it was really not about him. While Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I are so humbled by this day, we’re still mindful that this is not about us, Obama, 57, wrote in a letter read on his behalf at the renaming ceremony, according to the L.A. Times. This is about this neighborhood’s next generation and all we want for them, Obama’s letter continued. We hope they look at the new street signs and find inspiration in all that a group of committed citizens can achieve together.



 

The street chosen to be renamed is quite iconic. Obama opted to hold his first campaign rally for the 2008 Presidential elections in the city on February 20, 2007, at Rancho Cienega Park. For every child who will drive down this street and see the name of the first Black President of our country, this boulevard will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big, the L.A. City Council president, Herb Wesson, tweeted later Saturday.



 

The motion to rename the road was first introduced in 2017 by City Council President Herb Wesson. In his motion, Wesson declared, "The City of Los Angeles has a long tradition of recognizing US Presidents by renaming local streets in their honor. The 10th Council District is home to “President’s Row”- Washington Boulevard, Adams Boulevard, and Jefferson Boulevard... The renaming will enable all people who travel the boulevard to recognize the road as a fixed landmark within the City of Los Angeles dedicated to celebrating the legacy of President Obama."



 

The motion was finally granted in August last year, which is exactly 10 years after Obama became the Democratic Party's first African-American Presidential nominee in 2008, making history in the United States. The City Council of Los Angeles also approved the motion with 15 votes for and zero votes against the decision. There were several opinions against the decision to rename the road, and not all of them were positive.



 

Several individuals took to social media platforms such as Twitter to discuss the move. One Twitter user, Judypu1, asked, Who gave the Mayor and the City Council the right to decide for the whole City of Los Angeles to rename Rodeo [Road]? Outrageous! Why don't they change the name of a street in Watts? 3ACC added, Mr. Mayor, I have a better name... How about Fast and Furious Guns for Drug Dealers and Dead Border Agent Way? No doubt every one will know it's for Barack Obama.



 

On the other hand, some users were more optimistic about the decision. Susanshamplin posted, This is fantastic. I remember driving down Rodeo Road to see Barack Obama speak in a Baldwin Hills park shortly after he announced his candidacy. Old, young, black, white, Asian, Hispanic... All united in enthusiasm and, yes, hope. So glad Obama Boulevard will honor his great legacy. Twitter user Mzjkbee suggested other areas do the same, stating, We need an Obama designation in Eagle Rock/Occidental College too. He attended college and lived in our neighborhood for 2 years! Even Frank Sinatra's daughter, Nancy, said: Thank you, Mr. Mayor and City Council members. This is wonderful news.



 

Despite the mixed reactions to the decision from people, City Council President Wesson celebrated the name change on Twitter, as he posted a video of him unveiling the sign, he asserted, It’s official - Rodeo Road is now Obama Boulevard. For every child who will drive down this street and see the name of the first black President of our country, this boulevard will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big.



 

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