Back when Obama was still a senator, Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. introduced the candidate at his first presidential campaign rally in L.A., at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex on Rodeo Road.
Well, now a 3 ½ mile stretch of that very same street will be renamed “Obama Boulevard” after a unanimous vote by the L.A. City Council!
This is a breath of fresh air, since some of LA’s main thoroughfares are named for racist presidents like Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. But the new Obama Boulevard will finally establish a "Presidential Row” in the city.
“I'm thrilled that Los Angeles will be home to Obama Boulevard,” City Council President Herb Wesson said. “Our history is important and this is one way that we will ensure that America's 44th president's legacy is shared for generations to come for Angelenos and visitors alike.”
In addition to Obama Boulevard, Southern California also boasts a stretch of highway between Glendale and Pasadena that was renamed "President Barack H. Obama Highway” in 2018.