Los Angeles renames street to honor Barack Obama (video)

Former President Barack Obama. Photo: [email protected]

Former President Barack Obama is now a permanent part of the Southern California landscape, as Los Angeles renamed one of its well-known streets as a way of paying homage to the beloved dignitary.

During an official ceremony on Saturday that included the mayor, members of the city council and other L.A. officials, denizens witnessed as a 3.5 mile stretch of Rodeo Boulevard was named “President Barack Obama Boulevard,” or “Obama Boulevard” for short.

The 44th and first African American president in U.S. history was not in attendance at the multifaceted event that included a concert.

Herb Wesson, the City Council president noted that the location was geographically significant, as it was located near the site of one of the former president’s campaign rallies in 2007.

“With this change, we are publicly documenting what Obama’s legacy as our nation’s first [Black] President means to our city and our South Los Angeles community.

“For every child who will drive down this street and see the President’s name, this will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big,” Wesson added.

Below, the L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti gives a very eloquent and powerful explanation as to why Rodeo Blvd. has been forever been renamed “President Barack Obama Boulevard.”

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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