The Obama Library plan is not only violating national monument rules, it’s also being criticized for its lavish plans including a ‘test kitchen.’ It also seems to break the basic understanding that one has of a library -it’s not going to have any presidential papers or books.
From Fox News:
In their effort to break the mold, the planners of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are taking heat for some less-than-lofty features in the sprawling complex.
Namely, a “test kitchen.”
Reports first surfaced last fall that the monument to the first black president’s legacy was taking on an activity-center vibe. There would be a museum – but also a basketball court, possibly a room for yoga classes, and a test kitchen to teach visitors “about the full production cycle of nutritious food.”
Chicago Tribune columnist Ron Grossman chastised Obama, saying that the plans were small and not worthy of the historical place which he held.
“Mr. President, I’ve got to tell you: The renderings for your museum are ‘little plans,’ more likely to congeal than stir blood,” he wrote.
The problem, Grossman wrote, isn’t the design but the add-ons.
“What brought me up short was a space in the adjoining Forum building labeled ‘test kitchen.’ Presumably that reflects Michelle Obama’s war on junk food. The museum’s champions similarly suggest it could host yoga classes,” he wrote. “President Obama, is that how you want to be remembered? As the healthy-eating and meditation-advocating president?”
He added, “That’s not how I want the story to come down to my grandchildren’s children.”
Not only that but it wouldn’t have any hard-copy manuscripts or other documents onsite. So seems strange to actually call it a library.
And it really isn’t. That isn’t how Obama envisions it. What does he see it doing?
Back in May, Obama described it as “more like a campus,” with plans to position it as a “premier institution for training young people in leadership.”
Yup, just what we need another progressive indoctrination palace. Aren’t there enough of those already called colleges?
The plans are also breaking national monument rules and destroying historic places.
Preservationist groups are warning that the planned Barack Obama Center in Chicago may violate federal laws against destroying sites placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Obama Center is currently planned to spread out over sections of three sites with a history stretching back to 1869, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The portion of Jackson Park that Obama intends to disrupt with his massive new project includes the area where the
World’s Columbian Exposition was staged in Jackson Park and the Midway in 1893. The Midway, created by famed architect Daniel Burnham, was placed on the historic site registry in 1972.
Obama’s center is also expected to disrupt a portion of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington Park, a site that was added to the registry in 2004. Olmsted is also famed for planning New York’s Central Park.
It would also take out historic trees and parklands.
As proposed, the Obama Center’s multi-building campus will replace roughly 20 acres of park space, including a number of historic trees. Developed in tandem with a merger between Jackson Park’s golf course with the course at the South Shore Cultural Center, the plan looks to close stretches of Cornell, and Marquette drives as well as construct a new parking structure in the center of the historic Midway Plaisance.
But a historic preservation group called the Cultural Landscape Foundation says that the proposal for Obama’s new center would violate the rules of the historic registry. The group wants the review of Obama’s construction project to be expanded to review the impact it will have on the whole series of protected parklands.
And the huge tower to honor Obama would also harm the sites. “The imposition of a massive high-rise tower, hundreds of feet tall … is directly contrary to the overall concept of the park,” Birnbaum concluded.
But hey, what’s more important? Preserving all that history that’s dead anyway? Or educating new pigeons for the movement for the future?
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]