Elizabeth Rowin wrote a petition to change the name of the street outside of Trump Tower to ‘Obama Avenue.’ According to The Washington Post, Rowin got the idea to do so after a comedian joked that renaming the street would be the only way to anger Trump.
She posted the petition to MoveOn.org. The request said: “We request the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets be renamed ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue.’ ”
The request was directed to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council.
If her request were to come to fruition, President Trump’s address on that street would be 725 President Barack H. Obama Ave.
“I honestly started it as a joke,” Rowin admitted. But by Thursday morning, over 250,000 people had signed her petition.
Rowin said the renaming would honor Obama’s “many accomplishments” including “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.”
In New York City, to rename a street in Manhattan after a person, that person must be dead for at least two years. Still, the community board in Manhattan can choose to make an exception to those rules in certain circumstances.
“I am sure the conditions can be changed. There are two streets in L.A. named after former president Obama,” Rowin said. “These laws are arbitrary and can be worked around.”
City councilman Keith Powers (D), who represents the district where Trump Tower is located, said: “I recognize and understand the great deal of support behind the petition to rename 5th Avenue in honor of President Obama. President Obama embodies the best of our political system and leaves a remarkable legacy. The classiest President of our time deserves better than being honored next to the home of Donald Trump. He has and will always deserve more than that.”
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