Chicagoans are NOT Happy About Obama’s Ugly, Weird Presidential Library Plans
It’s been called the “giant toenail.” Do you really need to hear more reasons for Obama to reconsider his ugly a$$ library plans for the city of Chicago?
Well, ok then. Aside from the lacking aesthetics, it’s what is planned for the inside of the library that is most confusing. This will not be your conventional presidential library, that’s for sure.
We can start with the fact that the 21 acre library property will not be housing any books. So, perhaps a new name is in order along with a new design? The library will, however, “host a digital archive of former President Barack Obama’s records, but not keep his hard-copy manuscripts and letters and other documents onsite.” So I’m sure that will be easy to browse through.
Next up, the yoga studio/meditation room. Because every presidential library needs a place to unwind after a long day of looking through digital archives. This is in addition to the basketballs courts and dance studios. And if all that working out makes you hungry, you can go to the “test-kitchen” that will be teaching nutritious ways to eat.
As if all that isn’t bad enough, even the Obama-loving University of Chicago, where he taught in his former life, sent a letter signed by more than 100 faculty members asking that the library be built elsewhere. The current plan involves chopping down historic trees and a historic park to may way for the giant toenail. This is certainly unexpected from the president who was supposed to be such a wonderful environmentalist.
H/T Washington Times
When it comes to architecture, everyone’s a critic, as witnessed most recently by the Obama Presidential Center.
The distinctive design of the tribute to the 44th president has been compared unfavorably to a giant toenail.
Writing in the Chicago Tribune, columnist Ron Grossman said the library “evokes a soft-boiled egg in a giant eggcup.”
“My problem isn’t the design, though the centerpiece is a tower, heavy around the midsection and tapering to a narrow top and bottom,” Mr. Grossman wrote.
On Twitter, Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold said the pear-shaped white building reminds him of a “giant toenail”— and the surrounding campus, a putt-putt course.
The Obama Foundation released a revised design for the center on Wednesday.
The project has come under fire from community activists, conservationists and academics who are concerned about the location of the presidential library and whether it will have the desired effect on economic development in the area.
The center will annex more than 20 acres from Jackson Park, an urban park on the National Register of Historic Places designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architects behind New York City’s famed Central Park.
Charles A. Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, a Washington-based nonprofit, said the library’s design goes against Olmsted’s wish that any additional structures “be auxiliary to and subordinate to the scenery of the park.”
“We remain steadfast in our opposition to the confiscation of public parkland for the Obama Presidential Center, which is a private facility,” Mr. Birnbaum said in a statement.
More than 100 faculty at the University of Chicago signed a public letter this week asking the Obama Foundation to move the library to a neighborhood more in need of economic development and with public transportation in place.
The center’s current location is on the shoreline overlooking Lake Michigan. The private facility will cost taxpayers as much as $100 million in infrastructure renovations to the surrounding area.
“We urge the Obama Foundation to explore alternative sites on the South Side that could be developed with more economic benefits, better public transportation, and less cost to taxpayers,” the professors wrote.
So we have no books, but have a dance studio, basketball courts, nutrition education room and yoga studio. Sounds like a rec center to me. Did I mention the surrounding area will be set up to host food trucks? (I wonder if they will have to abide by the nutritional standards of Michelle? Yum!)
What a great way to spend a BILLION of our tax dollars. Yep, that’s the price tag. I can certainly understand the backlash from the city. Who would want such a waste of space taking up valuable land in the Chi-town for the worst president ever?
It sounds to me like this is more like an Obama fun house than a presidential library. If the former president wants a place to shoot hoops, cook meals and do some yoga, maybe he should pay for that himself.
But then again, what does Obama care about tax dollars and debt after leaving America is such a big hole.
Hey gangsters, who’s up for a game of hoops?
Source: Daily Wire, Conservative Tribune