Where will President Barack Obama put his presidential library?
Four years from the end of the Obama presidency, Chicago and Honolulu are ramping up major campaigns to build the center that will house the records of America’s 44th president.
In Illinois and Hawaii, the states Obama calls home, universities and community groups are drafting plans and using a mix of public and private efforts to persuade Obama to choose their site for what will be a monument to his historic presidency and an instrument to continue his legacy.
It’s an early down payment aimed at influencing a decision that likely won’t be announced anytime soon.
“It is a tough choice, but it’s not one that I’ve made yet,” Obama said last month.
In December, top officials from the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught law, traveled to Dallas and met with archivists at The George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University. At the meeting was Susan Sher, first lady Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff and longtime friend who’s now a senior adviser to the University of Chicago’s president.
Alice McLean, who heads special programs in the university president’s office, also attended the meeting, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act. In the weeks that followed, McLean met Susan Donius, the director of presidential libraries for the National Archives and Records Administration, who provided a set of architectural and design standards required for presidential libraries.
University officials declined to comment, other than to say it’s premature to discuss a library.
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