CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ A red-tailed hawk that has made the White House grounds its home has a name: Lincoln.
The presidential moniker was announced Friday. It comes courtesy of a group of fourth-graders from New Hampshire’s Lincoln Akerman school. The White House invited them to name the bird after their efforts to have the hawk named New Hampshire’s official raptor was defeated in a very public fashion.
As part of a civics lesson, the students proposed honoring the red-tailed hawk, but the measure was mocked by some lawmakers as frivolous. Another legislator pulled the abortion debate into the hawk bill.
The White House blog says the name is fitting: Abraham Lincoln was a visionary leader, his monument stands near the presidential residence and the name is a nice plug for the kids’ school.