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District Council Member Proposes "Barack Hussein Obama Park"

Girard Park in Washington, D.C.

By Tim Craig
Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) introduced a resolution today to rename Girard Park in Columbia Heights "Barack Hussein Obama Park."

The recent renovated park, located at 14th Street and Girard, features a basketball court and play equipment.

"The park is a jewel," Graham said. "I think the overwhelming point of view that has been expressed is that park should be renamed in honor of our president."

If approved, the park will be the first official District facility or asset to be renamed in honor of Obama. Last month, the Prince Georges County school board voted unanimously to name a new elementary school in Upper Marlboro "Barack Obama Elementary. "

But in recognizing Columbia Heights' diversity, Graham stressed that Obama's middle name would also be included in the park's name. (During the campaign, Obama shied away from highlighting his middle name, but he used it when he was sworn in).

Graham said he hopes Obama will visit the park if it gets renamed in honor him.

"It has a great basketball court," Graham said. "Hopefully, the new president will use it."

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I think this is a great idea. The current name, "14th and Girard Street Park" is stupid.

Posted by: awiseman1 | July 18, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I have an alternative suggestion for the renaming of Girard Street Park:

Posted by: petew1 | July 15, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

No problem naming something for him in our city while he is still in office but I would prefer to wait until the President signs the DC Voting Rights bill before we start naming buildings and facilities for him.

Posted by: johnklenert | July 15, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The DC Council would need to change existing law first, as per current District law, much like many other jurisdictions, public space can only be named after those who are deceased:

“DC Code: § 9-204.05. Use of living persons’ names prohibited; use of deceased persons’ names restricted. No public space in the District shall be named in honor of any living person, or in honor of any person who has been deceased less than 2 years, unless the deceased person was a President or Vice President of the United States, a United States Senator or Representative, a Mayor of the District of Columbia, or a member of the Council of the District of Columbia.”

DC Code online >>

Posted by: dcvoterboy | July 15, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr Graham adds no value to the system. His behavior which is intended to ingratiate himself to Obama opens for question his credentials as a councilman. I hope that Obama will respectfully request that this honor be withheld until he has left office.

Mr Graham has too much time on his hands and insufficient work on his desk.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 14, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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