All presidents since Herbert Hoover have opened presidential libraries after leaving office. Barack Obama is no different. Obama is planning to have a library dedicated to extolling his excellencies in Chicago.
Obama, who used to be a faculty member at the University of Chicago, is running into opposition from none other than University of Chicago faculty members. Some one hundred faculty members have said they want Obama to put his library elsewhere because it is “socially regressive”.
The library will be in Chicago near Lake Michigan by the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago.
The professors say the library will not bring “promised development or economic benefits”. And it will also cost the state of Illinois over 100 million dollars. You heard right. Bankrupt Illinois, the state that cannot pay its bills, will be pouring over 100 million dollars into a project that does nothing for the economic development of a blighted area.
The professors also indicate that the project will eliminate large parts of both Jackson Park and Midway Plaisance, which are both historic parks. It will also require that Cornell Avenue be closed creating a “traffic-jam in the making”. This is rich. Liberals are always talking about preserving “open space”. They often talk of protecting parks and nature as if the are the only people who value it. Obama’s hypocrisy is on full display here.
The professors claim that there will not be positive economic impact from the library because “there is no available adjacent land in which to start a new business, set up a new café or restaurant, [or] bring another cultural center to the neighborhood.”
They do admit that jobs will be created. But they note that, unfortunately, the jobs will be limited to people working at the Obama library.
It is quite hilarious that Mr. Social Justice is being accused by fellow liberals of being “socially regressive”.
Obama’s people have responded to the professors claims by stating that they are simply wrong. Of course they are. Barack Hussein Obama cannot be wrong.
I was listening to the Chicks on the Right on the radio this week. They suggested that Obama start his own trend and not have a library. Instead, take the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be spent on the library and pour it into helping inner city youth with problems of drugs and violence and other issues. Build some boys and girls clubs. Do things that will truly help the community and leave a real legacy for many years through the lives of the people whom he would touch. I think this is a fantastic idea, not only for Obama, but all future former presidents.
However, we all know that it will never happen. I think anyone who runs for and becomes president already must have a pretty healthy ego. And that ego will require a library for their “legacy”.
And I can think of no president in recent memory with a bigger ego than Obama. Do you recall that the most often used words in his speeches were me and I? It was nauseating.
So, we can reasonably assume that Obama will proceed with his plans despite the protests. Sigh…
h/t: Chicks On The Right
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