The “Barack Obama Highway” could be coming to a major city, if a proposed bill to rename a thoroughfare becomes law.
The Colorado legislature is considering a bill to rename a part of Interstate 25 that cross through Denver as the “Barack Obama Highway.” The bill, introduced and supported by Democrats who wanted to honor his record and his “extraordinary message of hope and resiliency.”
It wouldn’t be the first time the former president had a roadway named for him. Several across the country bear his name, including in Los Angeles County in California, and most notably, the “Old Dixie” Highway in Florida was renamed for him after he left office.
A Colorado lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday to rename a portion of Interstate 25 in honor of former President Obama.
State Rep. Dan Pabon’s bill, HJR18-1016, was presented to the House Transportation Committee on Thursday morning.
If it passes, the portion of Interstate 25 that passes through Denver County would be designated as the Barack Obama Highway.
“If successful, Colorado would be the first city to honor President Obama in this way,” Mr. Pabon, a Democrat, wrote on his website.
The reasoning for the renaming of the highway sounds like a Democratic party talking point.
“During his eight-year tenure, President Obama was a champion of progress, successfully taking on the challenges of a nation experiencing the largest recession since the Great Depression, bringing stability to the markets and growth to the economy, overseeing Congress’ restructuring of the nation’s healthcare system, enacting compassionate immigration reform, expanding environmental protections, and supporting groundbreaking LGBT-rights decisions,” the bill reads.
“President Obama’s extraordinary message of hope and resiliency will continue to inspire the nation for generations to come,” it continues.
Here is local news coverage of the proposed bill.