Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big

A stretch of road has been renamed in honor of former President Barack Obama. Reactions to the decision have been mixed.
In a monumental move, the City of Los Angeles has renamed an almost four-mile street which runs through a historic black neighborhood after former President Barack Obama, the first African-American President in the history of the United States, reports CNN. Crowds gathered on the street on Saturday, May 4 to celebrate the decision and take pictures with the newly-unveiled sign that now stands on Rodeo Road. Reactions to the City Council's motion to rename a street after the former President have been incredibly divided. While some believe the move is inspirational and positive for the community, others believe it was completely unnecessary.
Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big
The motion to rename the stretch of road was first introduced in 2017 by City Council President Herb Wesson. In his motion, Wesson affirmed, "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."
Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big

This particular street was chosen because of its significance to the former President. Obama opted to hold his first campaign rally for the 2008 Presidential elections in the city on February 20, 2007, at Rancho Cienega Park. The park rests on Rodeo Road, directly opposite to W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The City Council President also noted Obama's importance in Los Angeles in general. He added in his motion, "President Obama is no stranger to Los Angeles. He began his college education in Los Angeles, as an undergraduate student at Occidental College from 1979 to 1981 before leaving for Columbia University."
Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big

The final approval to grant the motion permission to move forward came on August 28 of last year, precisely ten years after Obama became the Democratic Party's first African-American Presidential nominee in 2008, making history in the United States. In a landslide vote, the City Council of Los Angeles approved the motion with 15 votes for and zero votes against the decision. While the choice was a no-brainer for the City Council, American citizens across the country have weighed in with their own opinions - some not so positive.
Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big

Many individuals took to social media platform 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."
Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big

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, shared her opinion: "Thank you, Mr. Mayor and City Council members. This is wonderful news," she commented.
Barack Obama Boulevard Named After Former President of US Reminds Us That No Dream Is Too Big

Despite the mixed reactions to the decision, City Council President Wesson celebrated the name change on Twitter. Posting 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."