- Title: More than 300,000 sign petition to rename Trump Tower street after Obama
- Date: 15th August 2019
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 15, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) CREATOR OF ONLINE PETITION, ELIZABETH ROWIN, SAYING: "I think it's fabulous honestly, because whether or not the street gets renamed, I'm hopeful that Trump will actually hear about it and that it will irk him and because you know how what a baby he is and how sensitive he is, so it's going to hurt his little feelings. He'll probably tweet about it. He's gonna get angry and in a way, the good thing is that it will distract him from creating more horrible laws against immigrants or environmental laws or you know gutting environmental...or inciting more white supremacists to shoot up crowds and so the more we can let him focus on something else, the toddler with a different toy, you know, shiny object, then good. So in a way, that's a good thing. And also just the sense of like, all the people who are signing are kind of in on this joke together and the world kind of poking the giant, you know. So it makes you feel good because we feel kind of helpless right now. And until November 2020 when we can vote him out. So right now it's just this kind of collective joke on him and it feels good because he's such a bully. You know I wouldn't usually bully somebody, but when someone else is so heartless and cruel, it feels really good."
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- Keywords: petition Trump Obama Trump Tower Elizabeth Rowin name change
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / INTERNET
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- Story Text:A MoveOn.org petition to rename part of the street right outside of Trump Tower in New York to "President Barack H. Obama Avenue" has amassed over 300,000 signatures.
Elizabeth Rowin was inspired to create the online petition because of a tweet she saw that said it would be "hilarious to rename Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower after Barack Obama."
In recent days, the petition jumped from 70,000 signatures to over 312,000.
"I know that Trump really loathes Obama because of that 2011 Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted him so well and it was so great," Rowin said. "I love that video. Trump's just sitting there seething and everybody's laughing at him. And so now there are no correspondent dinners because he's so sensitive. He's such a snowflake."
When asked if this might be considered trolling, Rowin wholeheartedly agreed that it was.
"It's trolling the Troll King," she said. "It's bullying, it's petty, I acknowledge all that. I know it's silly, but that's why I kind of have thought about it, that it does have potential to do two things, which is to give people a sense of community and a laugh in these troubled times and also to possibly slow Trump down from inflicting more horrible government on us."
New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson's office told Reuters in an emailed quote that the councilman was not in favor of renaming the street.
"As much as I love the idea of celebrating President Obama, I am not positive this is the best way. The Obamas epitomize class, dedication to public service and respect for the Oval Office. I'm pretty confident we can find a better way to honor the greatest president of my lifetime than by trolling the worst president of my lifetime," the statement said.
"I understand because Obama is very classy and why honor him with something so petty," Rowin said in response. "But you know, we have to have fun, honestly, and I think Obama has a great sense of humor and as much as he would say, 'Don't do it.' I think he would also say, 'It's hilarious.'"
The council generally only names streets after people who have been dead at least two years.
Rowin, who is a Los Angeles resident, said the two-year rule is a "meaningless rule."
"In Los Angeles, they've renamed two streets after Obama and there's just no reason that they couldn't do that here," she said. "I understand they could make an exception. It's an arbitrary rule. It's a meaningless rule. Why not?"
In the off chance the street gets renamed, Trump Tower's new address would be 725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue.
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