“While Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I are so humbled by this day, we’re still mindful that this is not about us,” Obama, 57, said in a letter read on his behalf at the renaming ceremony, according to the L.A. Times.
“This is about this neighborhood’s next generation and all we want for them,” Obama’s letter continued. “We hope they look at the new street signs and find inspiration in all that a group of committed citizens can achieve together.”
Saturday’s ceremony was held in the same park where, 12 years earlier, Obama staged a rally in the early days of his 2008 presidential campaign.
Obama Boulevard had been Rodeo Road, in L.A.’s Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood. The renaming was approved last summer.
“As we drive through this city and we see past presidents on Adams, on Washington, on Jefferson and now we’ll have one that was in our lifetime, who was a president for everybody: Barack Hussein Obama,” Mayor Garcetti said at Saturday’s renaming.
Since leaving office in 2017, Obama has largely eschewed politics in favor of urging on the country’s young leaders. He has, at times, criticized successor Donald Trump‘s policies.
Obama is also at work on a memoir. His wife’s memoir, Becoming, was released last year to blockbuster sales and a hugely popular international tour.
The Obamas are also producing movies, TV and nonfiction programming for Netflix.