(CNN)Linger on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets and you just might hear the chuckling: Some locals want to rename a few long blocks of the avenue after President Barack Obama.
Just think of it. After leaving the White House, the man who rose to fame by spraying his name on everything imaginable -- buildings, an ice rink in Central Park, frozen steaks, bottled water -- would find that every letter that hits his desk includes the name of the man he slandered to gain office.
There would arguably be no President Trump without the racist campaign he waged to elevate himself by casting doubt on Obama's birthplace, and thus his legitimacy. And sometimes it seems like he would have no policy concerns at all if it weren't for his desire to reverse everything Obama did.
Renaming that stretch of Fifth Avenue is just about perfect trolling, because it hits Trump square in the ego. Nothing matters more to him than attention, and it's a good bet that he has often thought about how he would hold on to the spotlight in the future. Given his reluctance to read, a Trump presidential library would be a bust, but I wouldn't doubt that he's measured Mount Rushmore to see if his loose chin and swoop of hair could be accommodated next to Honest Abe.
Rowin's assessment of the Obama presidency is accurate. He did all the things she described and much more. But it is surely the pleasure of poking Trump, and not the desire to honor Obama, that is energizing the petition process. When CNN's Jeanne Moos conducted man-on-the-street interview about the petition, one man noted with a smile that that it might be even more effective to name the block for Rosie O'Donnell, the comedian who is a longtime Trump antagonist.
The problem for those who want to poke Trump by honoring Obama is that New York limits street names to the deceased. Might the City Council and mayor approve an exception? Given Trump's penchant for breaking norms, it seems like a fine idea to join him in bending the rules, just this once.
A suggestion, then:
On the pole below the sign for Barack Obama Avenue could be placed a small plaque explaining, "The people of New York honor a president who led with dignity and never declared that he could shoot anyone, anywhere."