Barack Obama’s Namesake
The West Hollywood City Council last month adopted a resolution proposed by Councilmember Lauren Meister which asks that the Los Angeles International Airport be renamed in honor of former President Barack Obama. LAX is owned and managed by the City of Los Angeles. Meister said the proposal was a suggestion, not a demand. And she said that renaming the airport would be a good symbolic gesture in advance of the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles. Meister said Obama delivered eight years of a scandal-free presidency and was admired globally, the perfect image for welcoming visitors to sunny southern California. Longtime Beat readers will recall that a stretch of Ventura Freeway was renamed in Obama’s honor last year. It’s now the President Barack H. Obama Highway. The Beat also previously reported that Rodeo Road in central LA (not the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills) will be renamed Obama Boulevard. Similar legislation is under consideration in Chicago. Bill Daley, Obama’s former Chief of Staff who is running for Mayor, proposed last month to have the Dan Ryan Expressway renamed for his former boss. POTUS44 already has a freeway named for him in Illinois. A section of Interstate 55 near the town of Pontiac is the Barack Obama Presidential Expressway. There’s also Barack Obama Way in New Albany Township, IN and Barack Obama Boulevard in Pahokee, FL. There are also innumerable schools named after the first African American president. Given the nostalgia, we expect to see a lot more. Separately, Obama is heading to Canada in the spring. He will take the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on March 5th for an event billed as a conversation with the former Democratic president. More on his namesake here.