Less than a month ago, the city of Chicago did an about-face on naming a school for Barack Obama. Windy City Mayor Rahm Emanuel — Obama’s former Chief of Staff and political adviser — quietly let it be known that a new, state-of-the-art $60 million high school would not be named for the man who had made Chicago his home.
The reason for the rejection? “Community input,” said Emanuel — community input about the former community organizer. Ouch.
Now, the state where Obama claims he was born — the state where the Obama family will reportedly have a home once they leave the White House — yes, the state of Hawaii has its own case of “never mind.”
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According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, two city council members have withdrawn their proposal for renaming a popular beach for Barack Obama — a beach where the president himself has been seen, quite publicly, enjoying the surf.
The councilmen last week introduced a resolution to change the name of Sandy Beach Park to President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park.
The beach is a popular for bodysurfing on Oahu’s east side. It was a favorite for the president as he grew up. He bodysurfed there while on vacation during his 2008 campaign.
Martin says in a statement that he heard historic and cultural sensitivity concerns from the community about the name change.
By the way, among the many things that have been named in honor of Obama is a newly discovered parasite. Honestly. The Washington Post reports the parasitic worm named for Barack Obama was spotted in Africa:
…near Obama’s father’s birthplace in Kenya. The hairworm, unique because it can reproduce without a male, is named “Paragordius obamai” in honor of the president.