Chicago is: The Best Choice for the Barack Obama Presidential Library

Chicago is: The Best Choice for the Barack Obama Presidential Library
The Obama's have deep roots in Chicago. Photo: John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter, June 16, 2012

A tempest is brewing as the country awaits the Barack Obama Presidential Library decision. By the end of March we will know the answer.

The competition boils down to five spots, three states and one logical conclusion.

All three states have a connection, of sorts, to the President.

Hawaii was where he was born. It also was where he split his childhood and early teen years between there and Indonesia--before heading to Los Angeles for college at Occidental College.

New York is where Obama arrived after completing his sophomore year at Occidental. He spent the next two years (1981-1983) at Columbia College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983.

Then there’s Chicago. One could say, Obama became Obama in Chicago, especially on the South Side of the city. This is where he worked, married, began his family, his career, and his community outreach. This is where he rose in the ranks from community organizer, to state senator to president.

The Washington Park and Woodlawn community is not only where the Obama's have had a residence for 30 years, it is where their colleagues, extended family and many friends live.

To put the Obama Library anywhere but Chicago would be sacrilege.  It would be like taking the Truman library out of Missouri; the Bush libraries out of Texas; the Kennedy library out of Boston; the Carter library out of Georgia or the Reagan library out of California. It just doesn't sound right.

Not to mention, what a boost it would be for a long neglected area of Chicago that could bask in the exciting new cultural, educational and economic resources that are sure to follow along with the pride and inspiration from what he's accomplished.

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