How you gonna tell the man what to do with his own presidential library?
Many Chicagoans were excited to learn in 2016 that President Barack Obama would build his library in the Windy City. Hawaii and New York City were the runner-up sites to showcase his presidential library.
Now in 2018, the two-time president is getting his hands involved in the design of his own library that is now bringing in some hateration. Obama has decided to go with a digital archive instead of having books instead of the traditional library full of books. Also, showcase his and wife Michelle’s mission in health and active lives.
Via NewsOne Now:
“The modern center, priced at $1.5 billion, will include a basketball court, a yoga space and a test kitchen. But rather than following the way of traditional libraries with books and papers lining its shelves, Obama will only provide a digital archive as an alternative. This digital archive, along with other plans, has come under heavy criticism.”
Once newspaper contributor from the Chicago Tribune thinks it is a weak attempt to idolize Obama as a president and important figure for all to look up to.
“Mr. President, I’ve got to tell you: the renderings for your museum are … more likely to congeal than stir blood,” Ron Grossman, a Chicago Tribune columnist wrote recently. “Is [this] how you want to be remembered? As the healthy-eating and meditation-advocating president … That’s not how I want the story to come down to my grandchildren’s children.”
Along with the drama behind the concept, some Chicagoans are signing a petition to have the library relocated from the Jackson Park to another location, according to the Associated Press.
We can’t to see what the Obama’s come up with and it’s positive impact on the city of Chicago.
Source: NewsOne Now, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press