Hawaii Lawmakers Vote Unanimously To Erect Statue Of Barack Obama
The state was previously turned down as the home of his presidential library.
March 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm
Hawaii has passed a resolution to erect a statue of former President Barack Obama.
The unanimous decision was passed by a state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to TIME. The piece will be commissioned by Hawaii’s Foundation on Culture and the Arts, who will select a committee to choose the statue’s location and its artist. The committee will also approve the final design. There is no word on how the statue will be funded.
Obama was born in Honolulu and spent his childhood there before moving to Chicago. Hawaii lobbied for the former president to build his presidential library there, but Obama declined in favor of Chicago’s South Side.
News of the statue is well-timed. Days earlier, former Maricopa County sheriff and Republican Senate candidate Joe Arpaio said he would revive the birther movement against President Obama. The birther movement, previously spearheaded by Donald Trump, was sparked in 2011 after Trump accused Obama of not being an American citizen. Obama eventually released his birth certificate to quiet the rumors.
Last week, according to CNN, Arpaio told an audience at a conservative convention that he had proof the birth certificate was a “fake document” and, if elected, he would look into it.
“I don't talk about it anymore, until I become the U.S. senator … It has something to do with a document," he said. “If I asked you guys — I'm a nothing now, but if I were still the sheriff, I could ask for your birth certificate. So, I'm kind of dropping that right now."
Trump pardoned Arpaio last August after he was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring an order to stop profiling Latinos.
Anyway, leggo Obama statue!