Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is currently locked in a heated run-off campaign with fellow democrat Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, made headlines Wednesday when he suggested the idea of possibility naming one of Chicago’s two international airport after President Barack Obama. Mayor Emanuel had previously supported renaming two high schools after President Obama and community leader Author Brazier but went back on his proposal. When asked about the reversal, Rahm avoided the question and suggested renaming an airport after him.
“We have an airport, two of them, you know, Midway Airport, O’Hare Airport,” Emanuel said. “[Obama and Brazier] are people who have been transformative in the city of Chicago. But we have airports named after battleships.” Rahm is wrong on that point though, O’Hare Airport was named after a pilot from World War II, while Midway Airport was named to commemorate the decisive naval battle of that conflict.
“I think President Obama is a great president. I wanted to honor him. I wanted to be the city to have the first high school named after him,” Emanuel said. “In my rush to do it, I clearly offended people, so I backed off of it. I will never back off of my love and affection for a great president.”
Mayor Emanuel and Garcia will face off April 7th. All polls show Emanuel with as much as a double-digit lead. Should Chicago name an airport after President Obama? Let us know below.