[Ed. – …or anywhere else. Read the whole thing; the statement is accurate. No need to wonder why. The library’s planners speak of digitizing all the archival documents and making them available online. Sure. Nothing could be kept secret or withheld from public view THAT way. No sirree.]
As Chicago gears up for the opening of President Barack Obama’s new presidential library, news has leaked that Obama doesn’t intend to move all his records, manuscripts and papers there. The announcement has sparked questions of just how useful a presidential library is if there isn’t anything for scholars to research.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Obama library seems more like a playland, than a presidential archive. The facility will house, “a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings, basketball courts and even a recording studio,” the paper reported.
After months of deliberations with cities fighting each other for the honor of hosting the Obama library, in April of 2015, the Obamas chose Chicago as the destination of choice. …
But now the winning school, the University of Chicago, is wondering if all they will really get is an overgrown community center.