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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.