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Chicago and Honolulu compete for Obama presidential library

By Josh Lederman

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:20 a.m. HST, Mar 16, 2013

WASHINGTON » Where will President Barack Obama put his presidential library?

Four years from the end of the Obama presidency, Chicago and Honolulu are ramping up major campaigns to build the center that will house the records of America's 44th president.

In Illinois and Hawaii, the states Obama calls home, universities and community groups are drafting plans and using a mix of public and private efforts to persuade Obama to choose their site for what will be a monument to his historic presidency and an instrument to continue his legacy.

It's an early down payment aimed at influencing a decision that likely won't be announced anytime soon.

"It is a tough choice, but it's not one that I've made yet," Obama said last month.

In December, top officials from the University of Chicago, where Obama once taught law, traveled to Dallas and met with archivists at The George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University. At the meeting was Susan Sher, first lady Michelle Obama's former chief of staff and longtime friend who's now a senior adviser to the University of Chicago's president.

Alice McLean, who heads special programs in the university president's office, also attended the meeting, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act. In the weeks that followed, McLean met Susan Donius, the director of presidential libraries for the National Archives and Records Administration, who provided a set of architectural and design standards required for presidential libraries.

University officials declined to comment, other than to say it's premature to discuss a library.

In Honolulu, where the president was born, University of Hawaii officials have visited nearly all the 13 official presidential libraries to talk to officials involved in setting them up. An American Studies professor, Robert Perkinson, is leading a statewide effort coordinated by the university, with support from Gov. Neil Abercrombie and other state and federal officials.

The Legislature has passed two resolutions urging Obama to pick Hawaii. One resolution calls it "a matter of great state pride that President Obama is the first Hawaii-born citizen to hold that high office."

On a rocky peninsula in the last undeveloped part of urban Honolulu sits a $75 million plot of oceanfront property that the state, through the Hawaii Community Development Authority, has set aside in hopes of securing the library, Perkinson said. The property sits next to the university's medical school.

The state also has identified potential alternatives in case that site is unworkable and is expecting the overall cost, should Hawaii be selected, to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Organizers say they've been quietly laying the groundwork for a potential library for years but feel more comfortable discussing it publicly now that Obama has entered his second term.

Advocates for placing the library in Chicago speak of Obama's coming of age as a community organizer in the city and his service in the Illinois Senate and the U.S. Senate. They say a presidential library on the city's South Side could revitalize the community and be a force for economic growth.

"It's not for me to say," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff, told AP recently.

Hawaii advocates note that Honolulu attracts millions of tourists. They point to Obama's vaunted pivot to Asia as a foreign policy focus and say a presidential library housed in the nation's foothold in the Asia-Pacific region would be a powerful symbol.

"Honolulu is my birthplace. It's the place where I grew up, and I met so many friends and fond memories, and it helped to shape me, so I'd like to find a way that after my presidency that connection remains," Obama said in an interview last month with KITV, an ABC affiliate in Honolulu. "But, you know, I live in Chicago now, and that's where I grew up professionally."

It's not necessarily a win-lose proposition.

Previous presidents have set up complex institutions and presidential centers that, in addition to a library, include other elements like a museum, think tank or foundation. Many advocates are anticipating that Obama could split up those institutions, putting the library in one state and the other components in the other.

The White House declined to comment on deliberations concerning Obama's future library.

The emerging consensus in Honolulu is that the state university is best prepared to house the library. But there's no such sense of agreement in Chicago, where a host of groups are publicly stumping on behalf of other sites on the South Side, where Michelle Obama grew up, voters first sent Barack Obama to public office and the Obama family has its home.

In Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, a cultural landmark for African-Americans not far from the University of Chicago, a vocal group of activists is pushing the site of the old Michael Reese Hospital, which was shuttered in 2008.

South Side community groups have held news conferences and met with city officials. Alderman Will Burns said the idea has been discussed in community planning meetings, although other options for the site, such as a technology park or an entertainment complex, are being considered.

Another location that could be in the running is the former U.S. Steel South Works site, an area along Lake Michigan where visitors could look to the west and see the skyline of Chicago's South Side.

Associated Press writer Sara Burnett in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Perhaps a museum featuring all the aloha shirts that he has worn while in Hawaii.
on March 16,2013 | 07:42AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Obama is Chicago... all Chicago. When he's here, that "shave ice" bs is only for local consumption.
on March 16,2013 | 07:55AM
serious wrote:
Southside of Chicago? I've been there and I've been in combat---Chicago is worse. It's a shooting range with random targets and at night you can't see them except for their teeth.
on March 16,2013 | 08:09AM
purigorota wrote:
Maybe they need stricter gun laws... oh,wait.... never mind.
on March 16,2013 | 08:22AM
serious wrote:
Good point. I can see a S Chicago library with gun turrets, barbed wire and roving guards---armed, gun toting security inside---you bet--this ain't no ordinary grade school.
on March 16,2013 | 08:58AM
tiki886 wrote:
Let him build his Liebarry here in Honolulu. It will measure 2 feet by 2 feet.
on March 16,2013 | 09:48AM
Mythman wrote:
It's funny that you mention this crime ridden site scenario, because in the knowledge of urban planners, the developments that went into known crime areas all failed, regardless of what kind of development they were - usually they were subsidized by government because no one in their right mind would spend their own money or investors money in locating in high crime areas...........
on March 16,2013 | 02:53PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Serious, that is why he should have his shrine there.
on March 16,2013 | 10:19AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Want to explain the "except for their teeth" comment? Many of us are old enough to remember the absolutely racist context in which that phrase was typically used, but perhaps you meant something else?
on March 16,2013 | 11:54AM
false wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 03:11PM
false wrote:
Different "false." This False doesn't think that way. Never have, never will.
on March 16,2013 | 04:30PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Disgusting, isn't it?
on March 16,2013 | 04:34PM
IAmSane wrote:
Wait, there are two falses on this site? That explains a lot. Before today, I thought you had multiple personality disorder or something.
on March 17,2013 | 10:28AM
frontman wrote:
Chicago is his HOME town. Kenya is his HOME country.
on March 16,2013 | 03:01PM
nearby wrote:
Just because you keep saying it, won't make it true.
on March 17,2013 | 09:50AM
hanalei395 wrote:
I don't think Obama wore an Aloha shirt in his life. Obama's orders for the group pictures of the world leaders here for the APEC meeting a year and a half ago........No Aloha shirts (Obama called it "Hawaiian shirts") and no Hawaiian attire (formal mu'umu'u) for the women. It will be suits and for the women, street clothes. It was a "business meeting". (And in that group photo, in the background, a couple of feet away.....Waikiki Beach).
on March 16,2013 | 08:51PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Those who want the library are free to do so as long as they use only private funds. There are many who are not Obama fans, not happy with the way he has been running this country, and don't want to see their tax dollars spent on his library. If there is the perception that the library will bring income to the state, then those people should invest in it.
on March 16,2013 | 07:43AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 07:56AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 08:09AM
serious wrote:
I understand your point, but if Obama had a (R) next to his name and Romney had a (D) guess who would be elected in this one party state?
on March 16,2013 | 09:01AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 09:18AM
OldDiver wrote:
Great points Changalang. Totally agree.
on March 16,2013 | 09:58AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on March 16,2013 | 11:36AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Because obfuscation and fantasy is all they have left at this point?
on March 16,2013 | 11:55AM
false wrote:
Downtowngreen: The D's are why Hawaii is in such great shape today!
on March 16,2013 | 08:16PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Well false, at least you recognize the truth.
on March 16,2013 | 10:56PM
mustangguru wrote:
Look at the odds and look at a democratically controlled state, it's kind of obvious that the "D" would win every time. It's so obvious it doesn't warrant any arguments.
on March 16,2013 | 02:39PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Are you referring to "the better candidates" who've rejected Sam Slom's efforts to get a "Jessica's Law" passed here? Could it be they'd rather stomp on a republican than protect our children?
on March 16,2013 | 08:58PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Of course Jessica's Law cannot protect a child from a first time offender. But what it can do is deny the chance for him to become a repeat offender for a long, long time. Your evaluation of Slom is accurate, my disappointment is with his democratic colleagues.
on March 17,2013 | 06:29AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Look, the same people who love Obama also elected Joe Souki. I rest my case.
on March 16,2013 | 09:12AM
manaolana wrote:
Hawaii is a Democrat state. It does not matter who runs for President, that person will win in Hawaii. That is why Abercrombie won, and now the very teachers who voted him in are crying.
on March 16,2013 | 10:13AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Gov. Abercrombie won because most people couldn't stomach the idea of Mr. Hanneman or Mr. Aiona in charge.
on March 16,2013 | 11:56AM
manaolana wrote:
Ha! Only because of ballot shortages.
on March 16,2013 | 01:21PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Gov. Abercrombie beat Mr. Hannemann by almost 52,000 votes and beat Mr. Aiona by almost 65,000 and you claim ballot shortages? Yeah... sure... that's the reason. You might want to do your homework.
on March 16,2013 | 01:44PM
Coldwater wrote:
manaolana is pointing to the last election.
on March 16,2013 | 06:08PM
Mythman wrote:
Ditto on the mufi
on March 16,2013 | 02:56PM
mustangguru wrote:
Yeah hard work to funnel more money to support the unions that are the primary cause of our high cost of living.
on March 16,2013 | 02:41PM
Mythman wrote:
Reps are old but you are not biased against age for saying so - yeah, right.....
on March 16,2013 | 02:55PM
steveoctober wrote:
Agreed. Not a single penny should be used to develop any of this nonsense. Especially not in this current fiscal climate. It's an absolute insult. Keep the records consolidated at other Federal records center unless a private developer agrees to pickup 100% of the costs.
on March 16,2013 | 09:02AM
thanks4reading wrote:
Same argument has been made in the south to try and prevent public funds for museums and libraries dedicated to the civil rights movement. Many of us are not fans of the south's role in the civil war, but from a historical perspective, I have no problem with public funds preserving historical sites and museums in the South. A presidential library has two purposes: 1) Preserve america's history; and 2) offer a place to study and learn. This country is becoming historically illiterate. History plays a very important role in policy decisions that we need to make in the future. Regardless of how I felt about a particular administration, I would never pass up an opportunity to visit a presidential library.
on March 16,2013 | 09:23AM
lee1957 wrote:
Perhaps its time for a virtual Presidential library instead?
on March 16,2013 | 01:46PM
false wrote:
lee1957: Great idea! Why spend millions to build an alter to any president? When was the last time anyone really went to a library. Everything is available on line now, instantly and worldwide.
on March 16,2013 | 08:46PM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 07:45AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Then how come he always says he's from Chicago? It seems he only acknowledges his Hawaiian "roots" at Christmas, when it's too cold to be in Chicago, where he owns a home. He launched his campaigns from Chicago, and (correct me if I'm wrong) he had his election night "victory" speeches in Chicago. I agree with Hanalei395.
on March 16,2013 | 06:35PM
pandadaddy wrote:
Perhaps the Kremlin would be more appropriate.
on March 16,2013 | 07:50AM
stingray65 wrote:
I second that one!
on March 16,2013 | 08:10AM
volcanohereicome wrote:
I third it!
on March 16,2013 | 06:35PM
tiki886 wrote:
I would agree with that except why even have a library? Obama only "wrote" two books and both of them were 'ghost written'.

Maybe his library will mysteriously produce the missing opinions and papers he wrote as President of the Harvard Law Review? Maybe his library will show that he actually attended Occidental, Columbia and Harvard?

Maybe his library will reveal that he was born a Keynesian?

on March 16,2013 | 09:40AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Yup, a true Liebrarry it would be.
on March 16,2013 | 10:23AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on March 16,2013 | 11:38AM
IAmSane wrote:
"Keynesian" LOL
on March 16,2013 | 04:00PM
eoe wrote:
When the buses with soldiers show up in your town to forcibly relocate you to a collective farm, come talk to me. Until then, I want to let you know that as somebody with first hand experience of communism you should shut your mouth and get some education.
on March 16,2013 | 11:42AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Hawaii does not stand a chance. Although Obama was born in Hawaii and spent a few years here as a youngster, Chicago is where he began his political career, Chicago is where his wife was born and raised, Chicago is where he met and married Michelle, Chicago is where his two kids were born and raised before moving to the White House, and Chicago is where Obama’s closest radical friends and associates live although some are in prison, at least until he pardons them at the end of his term. The only friend Obama has in Hawaii is the guy from the North Shore who was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Give it up, Hawaii; the presidential library will be in Chicago. Besides, the University of Chicago already has acquired the land for the library. Probably had some inside info from a source in the White House.
on March 16,2013 | 07:51AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I agree with your analysis.
on March 16,2013 | 09:37AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Thank God
on March 16,2013 | 10:21AM
Anonymous wrote:
my personal suggestion "GIVE IT TOO CHICAGO": I agree that if its done with private funding fine, the logic behind this is to create a "must see" attraction while youre here and of course some ridiculous admission fee hey noting wrong with making a few bucks aint that the American way...free enterprising.
on March 16,2013 | 07:52AM
mayihavesumor wrote:
Yeah, although Obama was born here, his memories are of local girls who wouldn't go out with him and being dropped in on at Sandy's.
on March 16,2013 | 07:56AM
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on March 16,2013 | 08:02AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Funny how with a graduating class so big only a few will even admit they knew who he is. Punahou must be so proud.
on March 16,2013 | 10:25AM
stingray65 wrote:
If he was born in Hawaii, how did he obtain a social security card with the first three number registered in Connecticut? Who was the attending physician? Are there any nurse alive to tell his story? Library here for him is not going to happen. He really was born in Kenya. East Africa.
on March 16,2013 | 08:08AM
hanalei395 wrote:
To stingray...............So? Don't worry about it.
on March 16,2013 | 08:32AM
tiki886 wrote:
He was born a Keynesian.
on March 16,2013 | 09:42AM
nearby wrote:
that's more like it and above the heads of most who will read it here.
on March 17,2013 | 09:56AM
nearby wrote:
Maybe because that's where he got his first card. I was born in a place different from where I got my SS card and the numbers reflect the state in which I applied for the card. You might not be old enough to know this, but until 1986 SS# for babies were not required. Many of us got them when we got the first job that needed to be reported, or when we applied for student aid or college.
on March 17,2013 | 09:53AM
edster48 wrote:
Let Chicago have it. We're going to be busy paying for O'blabbers "legacy" via healthcare and higher taxes for the rest of our lives.
on March 16,2013 | 08:42AM
DanLBoom wrote:
Obama should honor Chicago.This where his political carreer had strared. Chicago shaped and embraced his political carreer and finally gave him a chance to rep the people of chicago ,as a congressional figure.Had the circumstantances been reversded. here in Hawaii...He would 'nt have made it that far in Hawaii as a Poliitician.How many Black politicians does Hawaii have??? Yep! ... thats right.Hawaii should stop trying to steal Chicago's thunder Eventually Hawaii will get it's way ,and name something famous after him. Imua..
on March 16,2013 | 08:45AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Maybe, a miracle, in the not-too-distance future......Re-naming McKinley High School after Obama. Imua.
on March 16,2013 | 08:57AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Maybe we could build the Obama library here but name it after Inouye.
on March 16,2013 | 09:11AM
tiki886 wrote:
Let him build his liebarry here in Honolulu. It will measure 2 feet by 2 feet.
on March 16,2013 | 09:44AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Crazy, he was way too high mucky muck for McKinley.
on March 16,2013 | 10:28AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not talking about that. Just want to get rid of that hated name....McKinley. The one who stole ("annexed") Hawai'i. And the hero of local Republicans.
on March 16,2013 | 11:44AM
engineersoldier wrote:
Your exactly right, Hawaii would not have given him any chance in politics or perhaps in business.
on March 16,2013 | 09:20AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Well, maybe a nigh time job on the streets of Chinatown.
on March 16,2013 | 10:29AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 09:24AM
false wrote:
changalang: your vision of Chicago is delusional at best. Sure, Chicago has some bad areas with local violence. Doesn't Honolulu? Chicago possesses many more cultural attractions and more wealth than (second world) Honolulu ever will.
on March 16,2013 | 08:56PM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 10:56PM
nearby wrote:
It's still a great and wonderful city.
on March 17,2013 | 09:57AM
false wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 03:19PM
nearby wrote:
That all you got? What a considered opinion.
on March 17,2013 | 09:58AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 09:41AM
jusjoking wrote:
such as, hamilton at uh, main state downtown? or perhaps the capitol building all existing government buildings which have or had nooo problems with bugs, mold or just leaky roofs?
on March 16,2013 | 10:48AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 11:20AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Depends on who builds it and who maintains it. I can point to many, many multi-million dollar projects that are deficient. Entire empty buildings. World class condos with failed plumbing. World class hotels with mold. By the way, how's the Natatorium looking these days?
on March 16,2013 | 12:34PM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 06:09PM
false wrote:
changalang: the only thin Obama will be remembered for is being the first Black president.
on March 16,2013 | 08:59PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
@Changalang, please don't hold your breath waiting for the evolution.
on March 16,2013 | 11:00PM
78R8R wrote:
Let Chicago have it
on March 16,2013 | 09:28AM
paradisetax wrote:
Chicago, it's all yours!
on March 16,2013 | 09:59AM
scoobydoo wrote:
give it to Chicago!
on March 16,2013 | 10:15AM
kauakea wrote:
The Hawaii inaugural party last January raised $50K for the library. Not a huge amount for something like this. From where is the money to come? I guess there will be some help when "the last undeveloped part of urban Honolulu" worth $75 million is given to the effort. Chicago gets ten times the number of visitors that Hawaii does. Why would Obama the narcissist want to place his library where it will be visited by one tenth of the visitors he could get if he placed it in Chicago.
on March 16,2013 | 10:42AM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 11:07AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Maybe they could drag the PRP into the funding on the basis that the library is really beneficial as a form of economic stimulus. Hey, it worked for the Crazy Train.
on March 16,2013 | 12:30PM
lee1957 wrote:
Which is why the local toadies are eyeballing a $75 million parcel of State land. I bet paying for it is not part of their plan.
on March 16,2013 | 01:57PM
forsurftoo wrote:
Go to Chicago and don't screw up our traffic.
on March 16,2013 | 10:44AM
roninsensei wrote:
Going on regular walks and getting some fresh air will help your moods and prevent such feelings as depression, bitterness, anger, hate, spite, and other feelings of negativity. Serotonin is activated and is a nature way to feel better. So turn off the computer, throw away those bags of Doritos and get outside!!
on March 16,2013 | 11:18AM
nearby wrote:
on March 17,2013 | 09:59AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hawaii should not be wasting any money trying to get the library. Chicago is going to get it. In Chicago, the library will have much more access to people.
on March 16,2013 | 12:07PM
W_Williams wrote:
Give it to Chicago.
on March 16,2013 | 12:14PM
inlanikai wrote:
Obama wouldn't even wear an Aloha shirt during the recent APEC conference. He's a HINO as far as I'm concerned.
on March 16,2013 | 12:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Bill Clinton wore a Aloha shirt when he came here one year.. Even stopped by at Zippy's for lunch. The only "connection" Obama wants with Hawai'i now..... is shave ice. Name an "official shave ice stand" after Obama.
on March 16,2013 | 01:33PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Obama looked weird...wearing a SUIT, RIGHT NEXT to Waikiki Beach, a couple of feet away.
on March 16,2013 | 01:49PM
nearby wrote:
Nothing he could do would be right for you.
on March 17,2013 | 09:59AM
jusjoking wrote:
What, you thought being born here makes someone not native Hawaiian anything orther than a name only hawaiian? Local, mixed, hapa whatever it's all hino. An aloha shirt wouldn't mean anything to someone who classifies people by race.
on March 16,2013 | 05:07PM
Hawaiianhaole wrote:
I wish Hawaii would wake up and stop riding the OBAMA BANDWAGON. He could care less about Hawaii and its people, after high school he could not wait to get off this Island. So I ask all of the Obama supporters, if he is the so called Hawaiian Son why did he not return after college and represent us in Washington and or run for a local office. He chose Chicago instead. It would be a joke to have his library here. He uses Hawaii as his personal playground.
on March 16,2013 | 02:24PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Obama IS Chicago... ALL Chicago. Don't embarrass him by MAKING HIM "choose", Honolulu... or Chicago. Just stop with the planning for that so-called "Presidential Library".
on March 16,2013 | 03:10PM
Mythman wrote:
This is the statement of a man who knows where he is headed with his beautiful two daughters after he leaves DC and this statement says it ""It is a tough choice, but it's not one that I've made yet," Obama said last month. The library in Waikiki as an enhancement to tourism in addition to the rest of it and he can make some kind of arrangement to send to chi town several hundred million dollars for them to use to rehab broken down neighborhoods instead of using a prestigious presidential library......
on March 16,2013 | 02:51PM
onlyaloha wrote:
A lot of local people do realize the economic impact the Presidential Library would have on Hawaii. Previous Presidential Libraries have spurred billion dollar investment in the surrounding area. Having it in Kakaako would be a huge asset and probably be Obama final "Mahalo" to Hawaii once leaving office.
on March 16,2013 | 03:39PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I was gonna say "who cares". But if these opportunities are truly coming with the Library, that is a completely different story.
on March 16,2013 | 03:59PM
false wrote:
onlyaloha: put the library in Waianae.
on March 16,2013 | 09:07PM
lew4543 wrote:
Let Illinois have the library. Don't think we need anything in this State to remind us of President Obama. Go to the unemployent office if you want a reminder.
on March 16,2013 | 04:00PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You can't blame Obama for "unemployment"...there was ALWAYS unemployment .. it was WORSE under Bush.
on March 16,2013 | 04:39PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
When President Obama was inaugurated, the Hawaii unemployment rate was 6% and spiking due to the econonmy he inherited. It is now at 5.1%. Try not to let facts get in the way of talking points.
on March 16,2013 | 04:39PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Facts? There are many sites that put the true national rate above 20%. The BLS since Clinton has only reported the first tier of unemployment, and the longer we remain economically stagnant more and more continue to fall off the charts. Our dept. of labor has a vested interest in providing the rosiest possible unemployment picture, as it's director is a political appointee. If Hawaii has only a 5.1% rate then someone needs to tell those in the long lines on Punchbowl street. Can't dispute your comment though, as the "facts" back you up.
on March 16,2013 | 09:40PM
GWakai02 wrote:
Where will pOTUS relocate to after his term ends? I"m willing to bet not to Hawaii. The only memories he has of Hawaii is smoking pot, meth and cutting class at Punahou. Another thing, McKinley has a better track record than Punahou.
on March 16,2013 | 04:27PM
scooters wrote:
This guy doesn't even have a home here like his does In Chi-Town. So let them have his "Book Store" there. Keep this $@^ out of here..PERIOD!! Once a a year is way too much to handle this sociallist.
on March 16,2013 | 06:09PM
Changalang wrote:
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on March 16,2013 | 06:26PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Who cares!
on March 16,2013 | 08:15PM
Coldwater wrote:
Just a tip for the O, don't build it here where North Korea can nuke it. Build it in Chicago.
on March 16,2013 | 06:12PM
foursun wrote:
Chicago deserves the honor as it played the biggest role in his career and maturation as a representative of the people, Hawaii contributed very little to his intellectual growth.
on March 16,2013 | 06:53PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Growth! Shirley you jest!
on March 16,2013 | 08:16PM
blackmurano wrote:
Well I hope Chicago wins out on where Barack Obama's library will be built. Even though he calls Hawaii his birthplace, his a Chicagoan all over him. That year when he hosted the world leaders here , instead of wearing Aloha Shirts, this Chicagoan announced coat and tie for this event - spoken like a true mainlander. When other countries host world leaders including ours, you would see all of them wearing the country's local design shirts. I for one don't want him here.
on March 16,2013 | 07:39PM
Bdpapa wrote:
He is definitely not a representative of Hawaii. He's some place else. Maybe, Chicago really don't want him.
on March 16,2013 | 08:19PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I can certainly understand our liberal friends adoration of Barry and family, but I'd truly be surprised if he ever actually lived here. He is indeed much more suited to a Chicago lifestyle. If Hawaii could realize some financial benefit from his library then I don't have any problem with that. Hawaii has been a bastion of liberalness for generations and having their champion's library here only seems appropriate. I've got a feeling though that Barry's legacy may not be as wonderful as several here think it's going to be. As another president once said, you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
on March 16,2013 | 09:54PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

I hope they do not have it in HONOLULU.

It will increase DEMAND for homes on O'ahu thus increase the PRICE OF HOMES on O'AHU which is to the detriment of LOCAL KIDS.

Please choose CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on March 17,2013 | 07:35AM
nearby wrote:
I don't think the library is going to challenge the weather, scenery, food, and Aloha as a draw for new homebuyers.
on March 17,2013 | 10:01AM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Other than providing some short-term jobs in construction, what's the point in having his library here? We're just his vacation home. What has he done for Hawaii to merit our interest?
on March 17,2013 | 08:31AM
kaaiawaawa wrote:
Library should stay in ILLINOIS, not HAWAII. He was elected by the people of Illinois as a senator. Seems like he forgot who put him in office. And the site that was suggested, people did you ever hear of Tsunami? What a waste of money to place a library in that area. The waterfront....do you all look down the future, or are you just making converation just for the heck of it. And why does people insist that all of Hawaii is for Obama??? Speak for yourselves, not for me!!! Spending millions of dollars going golfing, he should be working.... And why isn't Camp David being used as the other presidents use it for meetings and relaxation....WHY????
on March 17,2013 | 06:33PM
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