Can you blame him? Think of the children who’d have to carry the stigma of attending a school named after such a colossal failure.
Chicago’s newest selective enrollment high school will not be named after President Barack Obama, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had announced with much fanfare when unveiling the high profile school project.
In a statement this morning, Emanuel said he would look for other possible names.
“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for other possible names for this future school,” Emanuel said in a statement.
Future Leaders From Behind Academy, perhaps?
There are schools named after Obama in other parts of the country, and when Emanuel announced the new school near Goose Island on the near North Side in April, he said the president was aware it would bear his name. “I’m not going to put words in his mouth, but he knows about it, and he’s excited about it,” Emanuel said then.
Not any more.