Chicago officials caught short-circuiting required review of Obama Presidential Center

American Thinker> The so-called “Obama Presidential Center” in Chicago is not a presidential library, and it is not part of the National Archives.  It will contain no collections of presidential papers and therefore will have little if any value to historians and scholars of his presidency.  It is a private building, financed by private donations.  Its function appears to be serving as a monument to the man himself, offering space for basketball courts and meeting rooms for “community organizing,” among his favorite pursuits.  (No word on whether the presidential NCAA basketball brackets will be memorialized as yet.)

This private endeavor wants to take over land in two publicly owned properties that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jackson Park (on the Lake Michigan shoreline) and the Midway Plaisance, a treasured legacy of the Chicago World’s Fair that defines the surrounding neighborhoods, including the University of Chicago.  This federal landmark status of the two park properties triggers a requirement for what is called a “Section 106 review” under the terms of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  Local Chicago officials are conducting that review and holding public hearings.  Sort of.

A local citizens group, Jackson Park Watch, is monitoring this review process and has discovered that it appears to be skipping over the hard part and moving toward a conclusion before the facts are considered.  more here

19 Comments on Chicago officials caught short-circuiting required review of Obama Presidential Center

  1. Somebody needs to throw double hands full of pottery shards and arrowheads all over the site and shut their asses down for some few years.

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  2. “It will contain no collections of presidential papers…” In other words, carrying on the proud tradition of sealing all his academic records, draft records, social security records, etc.

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  3. FaraCon will be appearing in residency, regularly on Saturday nights, in the Waikiki Room on the second floor. Every 4th weekend of the month his band will accompany him.

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  4. So the intention is to taliban not one, but two, nationally recognized archives of history. I know “lock her up” was too big a promise. I know “the wall” was too big a promise. I know “repeal Obamacare” was too big a promise (for the entire Republican party). But is “not letting them continue to destroy the country, on a national basis, now that there was ‘technically’ a ‘peaceful transfer of power at the ballot box’ too much to ask”? Just don’t promise it. We already know what to expect from those.

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  5. The historical properties are racist. An Obama monument will darken things up, and provide a Hope and Change Mosque, no doubt.

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  6. Wait til the Speakers are installed on the roof…People of

    Chicago will get to hear the most beautiful sound in the World

    (In Soprano)

    allahalalalalallalalallalalallalalalaalal Meeeeeeeeee!

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  7. ‘The current landscape plans for the Obama Presidential Center would obliterate all traces of the existing parkland – including the clear cutting of over 300 trees, some magnificent mature specimens – and replace it with something totally new. All traces of Jackson Park – trees, shrubs, grass, even the existing grade levels – would be gone. While the existing track and field would be relocated to the south end of the site, other spaces used for athletics and for family picnics and other leisure pastimes would be lost.’

    By coincidence the city is planning to merge two south side golf courses. The palace will be an 8 iron away from the new course.

    http://jacksonparkwatch.org/obama-presidential-center/

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  8. Ahhh.. He wants to be the HNIC on Stony Island and have it butt up along the eL and have a whole new train stop. If it encroaches further on Midway Plaisance, it’ll be a big ass deal around the tracks.

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  9. “Somebody needs to throw double hands full of pottery shards and arrowheads all over the site and shut their asses down for some few years.”

    Don’t forget to throw in some delta smelts in a puddle and a couple of non-native native plants. Oh, and a shit ton of fresh garlic.

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  10. I recommend the “Obama Presidential Center” be built Underground in the murderous southwest side of Chicago so as not to curtail the gangs, drug entrepreneurs and whores while giving the communities a place to hold funerals, basketball games and community organizing functions (gang meetings).

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  11. Not to worry…
    Satan has reserved a place of honor for the Kenyan between Malcolm X and Mumia Abu-Jamal.
    BTW, the cop-killer’s birthday is the 24th of this month. There’s a Devil’s Food cake down here with his name on it.

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