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Tuesday, 31st August 2010

Presidential Libraries: Hawaii: State Pushes to Host Future Obama Library; Others Want Library in Chicago's Hyde Park

From the Article:

Hawaii has an early lead in pitching the islands as the future home of President Barack Obama's library, museum and think tank, but yet another Illinois-Hawaii smack-down is brewing over where it will actually end up.

The Hawaii Legislature has sent the White House a joint resolution that it passed last session urging Obama to pick Hawaii as the site for his library. Officials at the University of Hawaii are creating working groups in the next few weeks that will study a wide variety of issues, including finding a suitable site for the complex, designing it, deciding how to best manage the archives, designing museum exhibits and learning how best to create a related academic program and research center.


Meanwhile in Illinois...

As usual, Obama supporters in Chicago have their own claims on Obama and want to see his library in the Windy City.

So they're not about to let Hawaii get Obama's presidential library without a fight.

Illinois state Sen. Terry Link, a golfing and poker buddy of the president's who served with him in the Illinois state Senate, plans to push for Obama's library to be built in Obama's Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park -- when the time is right.

It's premature to begin laying the groundwork now, Link said, because of the economic climate and because Link hopes Obama has six more years to serve in the White House before worrying about where to build his library.

Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Note: Hyde Park is the home of the University of Chicago.

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