Every president builds a library after leaving office as a place to house their legacy and contributions to the country.
Former President Barack Obama just unveiled his forthcoming library via the Obama Foundation’s Twitter page. We learn in a video that Obama had early dreams of becoming an architect, and was very hands-on in the process.
Obama has high hopes that his library will continue his legacy and become an integral part of the Chicago landscape:
“Michelle and I want this center to be more than just a building. We want to create an economic engine for the South Side of Chicago.”
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) January 10, 2018
The public isn’t so thrilled about the design:
Obama’s library looks like the dehumidifier next to my bed. pic.twitter.com/h43jysV5lj
— Amanda House (@AmandaLeeHouse) January 10, 2018
Obama’s presidential library is bound to cause problems. The first being when people start asking why Gitmo was moved to Chicago pic.twitter.com/HXZ1FjDXcN
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) January 10, 2018
my fav part abt the Obama library is the illuminati code on top.
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) January 10, 2018
Here ya go, Chicago. This Obama library wouldn’t be socially regressive. Look at the space and tax dollars I saved you. Also, historically accurate. pic.twitter.com/1FVKC46uFG
— Ig (@Ig_Bricker) January 10, 2018
Obama’s library was inspired by some of the greatest art of our time pic.twitter.com/AdHqteeE8g
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 10, 2018
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) calls the project’s $1.7 billion dollar price tag, “out of balance.”
There is even pushback from University of Chicago faculty and staff, who have started a petition to have the library moved to another location. The concerned faculty and staff members released a letter where they said the center would not be a “bold vision for urban living,” but rather,“an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past.”
The design is expected to be finalized by the spring of 2018, and construction completed by 2021.
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