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70,000 people sign petition to rename Fifth Ave. outside Trump Tower after Obama

August 13, 2019 - 6:50 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Could the Trump Tower's new address be 725 Barack Obama Avenue?

Maybe. More than 70,000 people so far have signed a petition that calls for the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower to be renamed after former President Barack Obama.

“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the petition posted on MoveOn.org.

The petition continues, "We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: 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 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers."

The petition began as a joke last year, but it's gained steam recently, according to Elizabeth Rowin, the petition's organizer. 

"I honestly started it as a joke," Rowin told Newsweek. "I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not."

There is one problem: A person must be dead for at least two years in order for such a request to be made.