Obamas break ground on presidential library following years of delays


Well, that took long enough.

Former President Barack Obama broke ground on his now $830 million Presidential Center in Chicago, after five years of legal battles, a federal review and community concerns.

Barack and Michelle Obama dug shovels into the ground along Lake Michigan in the city’s South Side, where the Democrat began his political career, Tuesday afternoon.

The former president discussed how the area shaped him as a community organizer, husband, father and politician.

“We want this center to be more than a static museum or a source of archival research. It won’t just be a collection of campaign memorabilia or Michelle’s ballgowns, although I know everybody will come see those,” he joked. “It won’t just be an exercise in nostalgia or looking backwards. We want to look forward.”

The former first lady grew up in the neighborhood and spoke about how it shaped her.

“This city, this neighborhood courses through my veins and defines me at my very core,” Michelle said at the event. “This substantial investment in the South Side will help make the neighborhood where we call home a destination for the entire world.”

 									barack obama								,  									chicago								,  									immigration								,  									michelle obama								,  									presidential libraries

The Obamas were joined at the ceremony by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Just a handful of Illinois dignitaries were on hand for the celebration, which was closed to the public and streamed online over COVID-19 concerns.

The presidential library will take up 19 acres of the 540-acre Jackson Park and will feature a museum, public library branch, athletic center and children’s play area. It’s expected to attract 750,000 visitors a year when it opens in 2026.

The center is funded by private donations. Documents recently released by the Obama Foundation show the cost has ballooned from $500 million to $830 million.

 									barack obama								,  									chicago								,  									immigration								,  									michelle obama								,  									presidential libraries

Obama said that he wants the center to be “more than a static museum or a source of archival research.”

Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images

The development of the site has been stunted by delays and lawsuits. Jackson Park is on the National Register of Historic Places, and fears the library would accelerate gentrification in the neighborhood spurred city-approved local affordable housing protections. Environmental advocates have protested the loss of green space.

Obama has said most of the neighborhood is on board with the project, which he said will create new jobs.

The 60-year-old did not take questions at the event, but his remarks on immigration during an interview with ABC reverberated in the White House Tuesday.

Obama called the Del Rio, Texas border crisis “heartbreaking” and said the immigration system was “dysfunctional,” in the clip, which aired on “Good Morning America” Tuesday.

 									barack obama								,  									chicago								,  									immigration								,  									michelle obama								,  									presidential libraries

The Presidential Center groundbreaking comes after years of delays.

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

“Immigration is tough. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others. And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe,” Obama said during the interview.

“At the same time, we’re a nation state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is unsustainable.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the border was not “open” when asked about Obama’s comments Tuesday.

With AP wires

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Man from Nepal attacks fellow countryman in Thane for not giving food, shelter; arrested

© Provided by Hindustan Times In a fight in Thane between two natives of Nepal, one attacked the other with a vegetable cutter. The attacker has been arrested. (For representational ... Read more »

Watch: Marine veteran foils armed-robbery bid at Arizona gas station

© Provided by Firstpost Watch: Marine veteran foils armed-robbery bid at Arizona gas station A video of an armed-robbery being foiled at a gas station store has gone viral on ... Read more »

Salvini on trial in Italy over 2019 migrant ship

PALERMO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s right-wing former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, went on trial Saturday charged with kidnapping for refusing in 2019 to allow a Spanish migrant rescue ship to ... Read more »

3 scholarship and fellowship programmes you can apply to in November

3 scholarship and fellowship programmes you can apply to in November The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has increased the necessity of good scholarships. Thousands of children have lost one or ... Read more »

Power ministry announces new rules to ensure sustainability, ease financial stress of sector

© Provided by Zee Business The Ministry of Power on Saturday announced new rules to sustain economic viability of the sector, ease the financial stress of various stakeholders and ensure ... Read more »

Supply chain issues are pushing up Black Friday and holiday shopping

Black Friday always starts early, but this year, the holiday shopping bonanza is kicking off earlier than ever — more than a month sooner than usual. © Watchara Phomicinda/MediaNews Group/The ... Read more »

Monsoon 2021 expected to rescue India's agriculture in FY22: Ind-Ra

© Provided by Zee Business The recently-concluded normal monsoon season will provide a much-needed cushion to both India`s agriculture and inflation in 2021-22, said India Ratings & Research (Ind-Ra) in ... Read more »

A magical trove of Ricky Jay ephemera hits auction block

NEW YORK (AP) — Conjurers, cheats, hustlers, hoaxsters, pranksters, jokesters, posturers, pretenders, sideshow showmen, armless calligraphers, mechanical marvels and popular entertainments. © Provided by The Canadian Press Those were the ... Read more »

Wondering which digital skills you need to learn? Here's what the Digital Skills Gap Index 2021 says

Wondering which digital skills you need to learn? Here’s what the Digital Skills Gap Index 2021 says The Digital Skills Gap Index (DSGI) survey conducted by education and research giant ... Read more »

«Zu spät dran gewesen»: Armeechef räumt Fehler bei IT-Kosten ein – und wehrt sich

Armeechef Thomas Süssli hat Fehler bei der Erstellung des Budgets für 2021 eingeräumt. In der Sendung «Samstagsrundschau» von Radio SRF trat er aber Vorwürfen entgegen, er habe zu spät über ... Read more »

A closer look at the star-studded nominees list for the Female World Athlete of the Year award

The 2021 World Athletics Awards will honour the best performing athletes at the prestigious ceremony in December. © GiveMeSport World Athletics Awards 2021 A star-studded 10-strong shortlist has been released ... Read more »

UN celebrates climate action in India

© Provided by The Statesman UN celebrates climate action in India The UN in India commemorated the 76th year of its founding with a celebration of climate action in India, ... Read more »

Gopfried Stutz: Horrende Tarifunterschiede für eine Hüftoperation

Die Tarife für Spitalzusatzversicherungen sind laut Preisüberwacher «flächendeckend überhöht». © Bereitgestellt von Blick Horrende Tarifunterschiede für eine Hüftoperation Nehmen wir das Beispiel einer Hüftoperation. Das ist ein routinemässiger Eingriff, der ... Read more »

How to protect yourself from phishing attacks: Top online banking tips

Going online to buy products or simply to transfer money to family and friends has been a boon for hundreds of millions of people in India. However, there has been ... Read more »

Abtreibungsrecht in Texas gilt weiter - "Auswirkungen katastrophal"

© Keystone/ZUMA Press Wire/Bob Daemmrich Das strenge Abtreibungsgesetz in Texas bleibt vorerst in Kraft – allerdings hat das Oberste Gericht der USA für den 1. November eine Anhörung dazu angesetzt. ... Read more »

India Post recruitment 2021: Apply for 221 vacancies in Delhi postal circle, no exam needed, check details

© Provided by Zee News India Post recruitment 2021: The office of the Cheif Postmaster General is recruiting for over 220 posts in the Delhi postal Circle. Vacancies to Postal Assistant, ... Read more »

Rising Aston Villa star 'could take his game to new heights' after landmark moment v Arsenal

Jacob Ramsey was substituted on for Emiliano Buendia in the 68 th minute against Arsenal and had quite a telling impact throughout his short cameo at the Emirates. In just ... Read more »

Chelsea vs Norwich: Five things we learned as fluid Blues batter woeful Canaries

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points as they demolished a dreadful Norwich City 7-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. © ... Read more »

Matt Hasselbeck on his final year in Seattle with Pete Carroll: “I loved it, and I didn't want to love it”

© Provided by NBC Sports Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck enters the franchise’s Ring of Honor on Sunday. On Friday, he spoke at length with reporters regarding his time with ... Read more »

This Is How a Walking Coach Structures a 3-Mile Walk for Optimal Health Benefits

© Photo: Getty/Westend 61 3 mile walk The refrain of pandemic fitness has been: “Do less and get more out of it.” In our Trends package last year, we called ... Read more »

What 1,000 Pushups in a Single Day Did to This Guy's Body

Fresh off a recent video in which he performed 100 pushups and 50 pullups every day for week, YouTuber Lucas (known to his subscribers as Pigmie) upped the ante for ... Read more »

NFL DFS, Week 7: Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy football picks, stacks, lineup advice

The Week 7 NFL schedule features several lopsided NFL spreads, with the Cardinals, Rams and Buccaneers all favored by double-digits. That means that game flow could be an issue for ... Read more »

Peminat AMD perlu dapatkan nombor plat Perak ini

Peminat dunia komputer pasti mengenali nama AMD, pengeluar CPU Ryzen dan GPU Radeon yang terkemuka di dunia. Jika anda kipas susah mati AMD, maka anda perlu mendapatkan nombor pendaftaran kenderaan ... Read more »

Live Score Updates, England vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2021: Morgan opts to field, Tymal Mills returns

© Provided by Firstpost Live Score Updates, England vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2021: Morgan opts to field, Tymal Mills returns 19:17 (IST) West Indies playing XI: Kieron Pollard (Captain),Evin ... Read more »

Australia vs South Africa, T20 World Cup Highlights: Wade, Stoinis guide AUS to 5-wicket win

© Provided by Firstpost Australia vs South Africa, T20 World Cup Highlights: Wade, Stoinis guide AUS to 5-wicket win 19:10 (IST) That’s it for this match folks! Australia won the ... Read more »

Government pledges £65m to help vulnerable renters in arrears

© PA New fund announced to help vulnerable households to pay rent during winter – PA The government has announced £65m to support vulnerable renters who have fallen into arrears ... Read more »

Trees planted in Tower Hamlets green space ahead of Queen's Platinum Jubilee

© Kirsty O’Connor Volunteers help plant a tree at Furze Green in Tower Hamlets (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) A green space in Tower Hamlets has been transformed with trees and bulbs ahead ... Read more »

Kate and William spotted with children at airport after Queen's hospitalisation

Kate and William have been spotted at Heathrow airport with their children after the Queen’s hospitalisation. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen with Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, ... Read more »

Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez finally married

CELEBRITY couple Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez finally tied the knot on Saturday at the Madre de Dios Chapel, Tagaytay Midlands. Bishop Teodoro Bacani officiated the wedding, which was attended ... Read more »

West Ham predicted lineup vs Tottenham - Premier League

© Provided by 90min Things are going well for David Moyes and his West Ham staff | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages A gruelling run of fixtures for West Ham continues ... Read more »

Bigg Boss OTT fame Urfi Javed shares her horrific and shocking experience of working in a web-series; says, 'Producer made that guy touch my legs, lift my saree'

© Provided by BollywoodLife.com Her dress had a high slit and an opening around the waist area. TV actress Urfi Javed, who recently garnered popularity for her stint in Karan ... Read more »

Did Ishaan Khatter visit rumoured girlfriend Ananya Panday after he was papped buying flowers in the city?

© Provided by Pinkvilla Ananya Panday made the headlines recently after her name emerged in Aryan Khan’s ongoing drugs case. It was reported that she was summoned by the Narcotics ... Read more »

The Big Picture: Sara Ali Khan & Janhvi Kapoor engage in fun activities with host Ranveer Singh

© Provided by Pinkvilla Bollywood stars Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan will be appearing together on ‘The Big Picture’ hosted by Ranveer Singh. Going by the promos, the trio ... Read more »

After African mediation, Eswatini king calls for calm

Africa’s last absolute monarch on Saturday called for calm and dialogue in the kingdom of Eswatini following a visit by regional mediators to try resolve the national crisis and deadly ... Read more »

Biden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling

President Biden’s public remarks Thursday that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if it were attacked by China left White House officials scrambling to explain it did not ... Read more »

Colorado daycare owner gets six years in prison after dozens of toddlers found hidden behind fake wall in basement

The owner of a Colorado daycare was sentenced to six years behind bars, two years authorities discovered 26 toddlers stashed behind a fake wall put up in the basement of ... Read more »

Australia vs South Africa, T20 World Cup Live Updates: Wade, Stoinis guide AUS to 5-wicket win

© Provided by Firstpost Australia vs South Africa, T20 World Cup Live Updates: Wade, Stoinis guide AUS to 5-wicket win 19:10 (IST) That’s it for this match folks! Australia won ... Read more »

Grosser Aufmarsch der Massnahmengegner in Bern

© KEYSTONE/PETER SCHNEIDER Tausende Gegnerinnen und Gegner der bundesrätlichen Coronapolitik haben sich in Bern zu einer nationalen Grosskundgebung versammelt. Auf dem vollen Bundesplatz begann die offizielle Kundgebung. Redner auf dem ... Read more »

2022 Honda Civic Si revealed, Volvo C40 Recharge and more: Roadshow's week in review

Welcome to the weekend once again, Roadshow readers. It’s time for the week in review, so you can catch up on everything you may have missed that our editors worked ... Read more »

Few Watches Are More Fun or More Affordable Than Kid Cudi's G-Shock

© Photograph  courtesy Getty Images; Collage by Gabe Conte Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities. Staring at ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic