As Obama ‘meets with Democrats potential 2020 presidential candidates’
An elementary school in Richmond, Virginia has changed its name from that of a Confederate-era general to the nations first black president, Barack Obama.
The Richmond Public School Board voted six to one to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Civil War general who fought to keep slavery in the American South, to Barack Obama Elementary School.
Approximately 95 per cent of the school’s students identify as African-American and the name was chosen from seven finalists, which included options to honour civil rights activists Barbara Jones, Henry Marsh, and Oliver Hill.
According to the ballot, posted by the local CBS News The three finalists included Mr Obama’s name, naming the school after the neighbourhood, Northside, or naming it Wishtree. The latter selection refers to a children’s book “that tells the story of a tree that has watched different families move in and out of the area for years. The story is about celebrating different cultures in a diverse neighbourhood”.
The change in name ushers in a new era not only for the school but for the city, which once served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, during which nearly 1.3m American soldiers died.
Meanwhile reports say Barack Obama has reportedly been meeting with 2020 presidential hopefuls in his Washington DC office the past few months.
The former president has supposedly held one-on-one meetings with several potential Democratic candidates including Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Politico reported.
Mr Obama’s office has not yet responded to a request for comment, but “multiple people who have been briefed on the secretive sit-downs” informed the news site of the private sit-downs.
President Donald Trump’s predecessor is seen as a leader in the party more so than Hillary Clinton given the contentious nature and Democratic disappointment of the last election. He had steered clear of creating direct conflict with Mr Trump until the commander-in-chief decided to violate Mr Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement: the Iran nuclear deal.
Mr Obama wrote a scathing Facebook post explaining why the deal was necessary and why it was a “serious mistake” on the part of his successor.