President Barack Obama stopped over in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Thursday afternoon to designate three new national monuments for protection, including the city’s Pullman Park District.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be the first president to designate a national monument in subzero conditions,” he joked after being introduced by former of chief of staff and Mayor Rahm Emanuel at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy.
A White House tweet about the event included the hashtag #ObamaLovesAmerica, a sly reference to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s remark last night, first reported by POLITICO, that he does not “believe that the president loves America.”
In addition to the Pullman National Monument, the president also announced the Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado and the Honoliuli National Monument in Hawaii, which preserves the site of a World War II internment camp.
“Going forward, it’s going to be a monument to a painful part of our history so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” Obama said.
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