“This spring, a longtime staff member for President Obama, Alyssa Mastromonaco, let a friend in on a secret. Mr. Obama had assigned her to begin planning his post-presidential library and foundation. It was a plum task. Amid a worsening crisis in Syria, early reports of ghosts haunting the HealthCare.gov machine and a dreary sense of second-term setbacks, the foundation glowed with the allure of an eternal Obama afterlife, or at least better days ahead. For Ms. Mastromonaco, the project promised the chance to shape a historic legacy and draft a road map for a 55-year-old former president’s remaining life’s work.” (via NYTimes.com)
“The University of Illinois at Chicago announced Sunday that it wants to house President Barack Obama’s future library and museum, joining a growing list of contenders. UIC is exploring at least five sites on its Near West Side campus, said university spokesman Bill Burton. The university started discussing the idea of an Obama presidential library in May and is waiting for the White House to make an announcement before possibly moving forward with any proposals, he said. In a statement, the school’s chancellor pointed to several reasons why UIC would make a good venue.” (via Chicago Tribune)
“President Obama probably won’t make a final decision on where his presidential library and museum will be located until near the end of his second term in the White House. But here In his adopted hometown — particularly the neighborhoods where Obama made a name for himself as a community organizer before entering politics — the issues of race and class play a central role in the debate over where in the city the shrine to the first African-American president’s legacy belongs.” (via USA Today)
“The University of Illinois at Chicago wants President Obama to bring his future presidential library to the city campus, USA TODAY has learned. Bill Burton, a spokesman for UIC, confirmed to USA TODAY on Friday that Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares decided in May to form a university exploratory committee to look into bidding for the library and museum that will be built after Obama leaves office. Burton said he had no details about who is on the exploratory committee or what, if any, actions they have taken thus far in their pursuit.” (via USA Today)
“The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law.” (via Associated Press)
“President Obama is expected on Thursday to call on the Federal Communications Commission to expand its program to provide discounted high-speed Internet service to schools and libraries, even if it means increasing the fees that are tacked on to consumers’ monthly phone bills.” (via NYTimes.com)
“Chicago State University is throwing its hat in the ring of contenders seeking to house President Barack Obama’s official library, school representatives said Tuesday. Former state Senate President Emil Jones, who was a mentor to Obama during his early political career, has been tapped to head an exploratory committee charged with scouting sites and putting together an official bid.” (via Chicago Tribune)
“The Obama administration went on record four years ago supporting a proposed international treaty to make books more accessible to the blind. But as world leaders prepare to gather in Morocco next month to finalize a deal that Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay proposed in 2009, the administration is mum on whether it supports a treaty that would, for the first time, loosen copyright restrictions. Many fear lobbying by Hollywood and dozens of the world’s largest corporations, including ExxonMobil, may scuttle the treaty altogether.” (via Wired.com)
“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.” (via AP)
“Turns out President Barack Obama wants a presidential library after all.
Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” wrote in a New York Times piece this weekend that Obama “not so long ago” said he didn’t need a presidential library, which he saw as “a tribute to himself costing hundreds of millions of dollars.” Headed into his second term, Obama apparently changed his mind and now has a former aide looking at potential locations in his hometown.
via NBC Chicago