Petition to rename New York's Fifth Avenue to 'President Barack H. Obama Ave' reaches over 300,000 signatures

A petition to rename New York's Fifth Avenue after former President Obama has reached more than 300,000 signatures - and if it's successful, Trump Tower will be forced to change its address.

The petition would see the stretch of road renamed "President Barack H. Obama Avenue." 

Meaning Trump Tower's new address could be "725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue, New York." 

Creator Elizabeth Rowin told CNN the petition started as a joke in December 2018. 

But now it's taken off, she says she hopes it will be a distraction to President Donald Trump to stop him "enacting more harmful legislation."

"Just the idea of it getting so many signatures and so much publicity will, I think, cause Trump consternation and refocus his attention away from doing damage," she told the news network.

The petition follows Los Angeles recently renaming Rodeo Road to "Barack Obama Boulevard."

"We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former President," writes Rowin.

It lists Obama's accomplishments as reasoning for the change.

"Saving our nation from the great recession, serving two completely scandal-free terms in office and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11, which killed over 3000 New Yorkers," writes Rowin.

"Any addresses on that stretch of Fifth Avenue should be changed accordingly."

The petition has 314,124 signatures at the time of writing.



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