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3 Cities Bid to Host Pres. Obama’s Presidential Library: What Will be His Legacy?

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Three cities put in their bids to host President Barack Obamas presidential library. Chicago Honolulu and New York. www.blacklikemoi.com and

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Reported by April V. Taylor

Monday marked the deadline for bids for President Barack Obama’s presidential library with three cities making their appeal. According to reports, Chicago seems to have the strongest appeal considering it is where Obama did the large majority of his political work prior to becoming president, and it is also where he started his family.  Honolulu, where Obama was born and raised, and New York, where he went to college and taught constitutional law, also have put their bid in.

British architect David Adjaye is considered a leading contender for designing the Obama library.  Adjaye is of African decent and was born in Tanzania.  He was recently chosen to design a black history museum near the White House, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.  If chosen, he will be the first non-American to be selected to design a presidential library.

The proposals submitted will be reviewed by a three-person panel that includes Obama’s friend Martin Nesbitt.  The decision will be announced in early 2015.

As many speculate about where the library will be built, others are wondering what Obama’s legacy will be once his second term comes to an end.  Many feel as though Obama’s second term will not yield any major victories.  At the beginning of his presidency, Obama consistently talked of healing the bipartisan divide and ushering in a new era of collaboration across the aisle.  This has yet to materialize.  In addition, the recent upheaval in Iraq also lead many to wonder if Obama will be able to celebrate having ended the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or if troop withdrawal will be viewed as a blunder that led to an even bigger mess than what existed when he took office.  Although Obama will always retain the legacy of being the first African American president of the United States, the rest of his legacy is yet to be determined.

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  1. Y’all need to re-think what you’re saying here. President Obama’s legacy will not be in the shadow AS ONLY- becuz he’s the first African American President and that’s his ONLY legacy?…And of course the HATAS of this President who are the (tea party establishment)..racists.. all red states bigots and the confused negroes who follow their white MASA will jump on board with these prejudice race based thinkers.. who believe a black man is NEVER good enough no matter what..becuz he or she is NOT white…shame on them..and if they serve and worship a Christian GOD? I can’t fathom how they can even think of such a thing,..OOH that’s RIGHT..the KKK were Christians also..so then this makes sense why these PPL are as such today AGAINST President Obama..doesn’t it? They are the bloodline of the KKK establishment called christians.. all makes sense now doesn’t it?

    There’s PLENTY accomplishments duly noted to President Obama..one notable is “THE PATIENT PROTECTION AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OF 2010.”

  2. It sounds like YOU might be the one who has a touch of racism, Jay. Just so you know, it’s possible to hate Obama for things other than being black… Example: He has continued many of the same fiscal policies and foreign policy of George W. Bush, prosecuted more people for marijuana – which disproportionally affects the minority community with our archaic drug war laws, he re-signed the Patriot Act, though he campaigned in 08 on re-pealing it, he supports indefinite detention of American Citizens without due process via the NDAA, he broadened the scope of the NSA & CIA’s capabilities to spy on American’s ILLEGALLY – and then he goes after the whistle blowers for revealing this crap. I could go on, but your racist mind probably won’t comprehend what i’m saying….

  3. Oh… and how could I forget this, the one thing that has affected me personally the MOST: The Affordable Care Act. He tripled the price of my monthly premium and annual deductible for my health insurance, forcing me to cancel it because I couldn’t afford the increase. Now, I will have to pay a fine to the IRS for being uninsured, even though it wasn’t by choice. This is a horrible President. Even if he had noble intentions, the outcomes prove that he is unfit to lead.

  4. Jay I have to agree with Chris here.
    Black unemployment has increased under Obama even as he continues to open the door for cheap illegal immigrant labor.

    Obama is a politician- nothing more.
    He has “evolved” on issues when he saw an opportunity to gain votes and he often disregarded the consequences of his newly “evolved” opinions. His DACA executive order came months before the 2012 election.

    In fact his tactic, relying on executive order to get things done, frankly sets a bad precedent. Not only are executive orders non-binding long-term, they illustrate Obama’s lack of diplomatic skill. He’s incapable of finding an area to deal, compromise, motivate and get things done with his enemies in Congress. He has the power of the veto and there are many things Congress wants, the door is there for Obama to cut many deals that give and take. The executive order president, sets a poor precedent. One can only hope executive orders don’t become the norm for future presidents because it gives one man the power to establish law- though it is a short-term law. This can come back to bite blacks and all Americans down the road.

  5. I vote for Honolulu, where Obama was born and raised… too much bull shit in Chicago, and New York don't give a damn about a black man…so, I would put it in Hawaii… that way all the republicans would have to purchase a ticket to get there and I would start a non-profit to support low-income people that want to go there to see it…

  6. FOR ALL THE REASONS STATED By: Jay, Chris, and Bobby Zee…!!
    I vote for Honolulu, where Obama was born and raised…!
    There is too much bull shit in Chicago, and New York don’t give a damn about a black man…
    so, I would put his library in Hawaii…

    that way all the republicans, haters, and people like Jay, Chris, and Bobby Zee…would have to purchase a ticket to get there …

    and I would start a nonprofit to support low-income people that want to go there to see it..

  7. Chicago it must be!

  8. Chicago is where President did his community work that led to his presidency. The neighborhood will benefit from having the library there.

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