Obama Unveils The $500 Million Obama Presidential Center In Chicago

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Signing $60 million for a book contract, and rolling out on the speech circuit at $400k a pop is enough to inspire former US presidents with creative ways how to be remembered by future generations. Take former President Obama for example, who together with Michelle, are in their hometown Chicago this week and offered the city its first peek of the future Obama Presidential Center, which will be built on a 200,000-square-foot  campus in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side

A memorial that would make pharaohs jealous, the center will sit near a lagoon that runs into Lake Michigan in the Jackson Park neighborhood and will feature three buildings: a museum, a library, and “forum,” which will house an auditorium, restaurant, and public garden.

It will also have a sledding hill.

The Obama Foundation said that the center, located near Chicago's historically African-American Woodlawn neighborhood, will revitalize the Jackson Park neighborhood by attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and creating new jobs on the South Side.

The museum (rendered above) will be the largest structure on the 200,000-to-225,000-square-foot campus. The forum and the library will be one-story buildings with landscaped roofs that border on the public plaza below. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there will also be a community garden and a kids’ play space. The campus will also include hills for sledding, at the former First Lady’s request.

The Obama Foundation also said it was exploring ways to incorporate a Chicago Public Library branch on the site.

“I am thrilled to join President Obama and Mrs. Obama as we outline the vision for both the Obama Presidential Center and Jackson Park as a whole,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This vision will enhance the historic landscape of Jackson Park as originally envisioned by Frederick Olmsted, and we all look forward to engaging with residents as we begin the community process to turn this vision into reality in a way that maximizes economic development and opportunity in Woodlawn, South Shore and Washington Park.”

“More than a building or museum, the Obama Presidential Center will be a living, working center for engagement — an ongoing project for the community and world to shape what it means to be an active citizen in the 21st century,” the Obama Foundation described the project in a statement.

“The Center will include a state of the art museum, classrooms, labs, and outdoor spaces, and it will conduct programs that will give visitors not just memories, but real tools to create change in their own communities. It will be based on the South Side of Chicago but, via partnerships, programs, and digital initiatives, have projects all over the city, the country, and the world," the release added.

“The Obamas want to create a safe, warm, inviting place that brings people in, teaches them something new, and inspires them to create change in their own communities. The Center will be a place for doing, not just looking or listening, “said Marty Nesbitt, Chair of the Obama Foundation.  “The place we are developing will be integrally a part of Jackson Park. Our team’s approach is to weave the project into the park and use the Center to unlock the full potential of the park and engage the community in the Foundation’s work.”

According to NY Mag, The Obamas selected the architects for the Obama Presidential Center, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, last summer; they’re behind the now-gone American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The entire campus is expected to be completed by 2021, but President Obama said Wednesday that programming will begin sooner, including a $2 million donation to a youth summer-jobs program to combat violence in Chicago. The former president even offered a preview of his possible future teaching staff.

Obama is expected to use the center as a platform to work on issues such as criminal justice reform and education for underprivileged children. The entire project is expected to cost $500 million.

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small towel's picture

It looks hideous.

EmployedMillenial's picture

Putting "hundreds of thousands of visitors" and "south side" in the same sentence is hilarious. honestly though, why does it look like the rebel base on Yavin-4?


philipat's picture

Talk about a waste of money? And what will be on display; most of Obama's "work" is in the form of lies, deceiit and Executive Orders.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

They're busy spinning the narrative as we speak. You will not be disappointed.

People think history books contain....well...history. They do not. They contain lies agreed upon...then revised again and again and again.

D Nyle's picture

Awesome, the perfect legacy to What a shitstain he was, As Chicago collaspes, it will be a testment to Corrupt Democrats and wil be used as an Example of it for Decades. It of course will not allow whites and will itself became a Shitstain like Obama and the Southside of Chicago

manofthenorth's picture

The pinnacle of personality cult worship......

just sick.

nmewn's picture

And now...some words of moral & ethical guidance toward our former federal employees from...that greasy haired poodle of the Palm Coast...the one who took a filet knife to Burnie Marx's backside...one Debbie Wassername-Schultz...

"Look, it is none of anyone's business what someone who is a member of the private sector decides to accept in terms of compensation," Wasserman Schultz added. "With all due respect to anyone who chooses to comment publicly on what Barack ObamaHillary Clinton, or anyone earns as a member of the private sector, it's just MYOB."

...oh well done Deb, keep those cards & letters coming ;-)

johngaltfla's picture

Once they put the 200 ft high statue of Obama by the center, parents can tell their kids that they are dropping them off to learn more from "the big prick by the river."

nmewn's picture

lol...I can't wait for the centerpiece of this Exhibition of Failure...a big faded rectangle on the wall with a plaque underneath that says..."ObamaCare".

They can put his Columbia University records right next to it ;-)

JLee2027's picture

From above, the design looks a bit like a giant penis aiming at an asshole.

Troll Magnet's picture

It'll get looted within the first 3 years.

PrayingMantis's picture

... I wonder if Obumboclot will deposit the real birth certificate in the Kenyan exhibit room ...


jcaz's picture

Where to begin....  

1) funding it should be pretty hysterical.  Clintons had influence to peddle,  Obaman has... uh....

2) Can't wait to see how this deal gets bid out.  Barry will learn how the South Side works-  there won't be a brick laid unless it's local union labor, and they'll want Presidential pay.   I'm sure the Community Organizer is a master deal maker, yeah uh huh....

This is some pretty funny shit- must have take Barry eight years of mental masturbating to put this vision together.......

PT's picture

I was just about to say,  I wish I had $500 million laying around.  I've got some awesome projects I'd like to fund and guess what!  Yes, those project would create precious jaaaaawwwwwwwwbs.  (How could you spend $500M without creating jobs?  You'd have to give it away, and the person you gave it to would also have to give it away, or just hoard it in an offshore bank account).

PS.  If I was spending $500M, I think we can all agree that it would be on a project that is much more exciting than a building, although obviously I'd still need to create a structure or two.

espirit's picture


Looks to me like a good defensive position, if it’s well stocked with hookers and blow.


Zorba's idea's picture

Wow! Look, Owhatshisname finally built something...a monument. 

Placerville's picture

It will be a great thing.........for me to poop on!

Offthebeach's picture

Plenty of grass, for now, for the pit bulls to take a shit, plus you can wax your Escalade under a tree by the  lake.  They gonna have those black, square municipal, charcoal grills? 

Is-Be's picture

Will they be selling garden gnome souvenirs?

I need one for my morning ablutions


Boris Badenov's picture

DWS is not from Palm Coast, she's from Lauderdale I-84 south, and Beachside Miami. Her district includes Hollywood-Ft Lauderdale Airport where 5 people died in a shooting at the arrival carousel. Nothing much else was heard about that terrible event, I wonder why?

Greasy haired poodle, awesome! Imus material. Funny how people blame her resignation on Wikileaks, and not the actual things she did.

The fact Hillary won 6 out of 6 coin tosses told me early that the whole thing was rigged. No way possible, who is so brazen not to give Bernie at least 1?  5-1 in the coin toss, would that have hurt?  6/6 only needs one more 6 to tell me what I already know. 

Good day, Mr. Nmewn, sir. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

Where's the Criminality & Tyrannical Lawlessness section.

War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Scum Fuck!

Molotov that place down to the ground.

Handful of Dust's picture

The breakdown on that $500 million = $490 million into Soweeto's bank acocunt + $10 million for bribes and hush money

Lore's picture

Amusing, and typical: a monument to psychopathic narcissism. The sodomite-in-chief means to broadcast to the world that he feels no guilt or shame. 

What will it be called, "ObaMecca?"  He is part Muslim, by some accounts, but nothing's certain.  How about the Barry Saetoro Center for Kenyan Cultural Heritage, or simply "SaetoroLand?"

nmewn's picture

I stand corrected kind sir ;-)

New_Meat's picture

We here in the Commonwealth certainly have [more than] our share of embarrassing politicians.  But DWS does bring a certain "je ne sais quoi" to the conversation.

nmewn's picture

No one can top the Debster in absolute craven assholiness...lol...I mean, what kind of crony-socialist bitch stabs a socialist-prick in the back for another crony-socialist bitch in broad daylight and then...defends another crony-socialist prick for scooping up cash from other crony-socialist pricks & bitches dumped on him simply because he was a crony-socialist prick?

The only life lesson I can learn from all this is, there is no honor among crony-socialists ;-)

swamp's picture

Butt boy Barry and Michale,


The building is WHITE

swamp's picture

Narcissism to the extreme.

EddieLomax's picture

Where is the mausoleum where the people can see their dear leader at rest? 

HowdyDoody's picture

The Obama Foundation has $500 million to blow - that was quick work.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

Liberals always tip their hand, notice it is not a "Presidential Library". it's a "Presidential Center", that's because in a Library, you gotta shut-up and read! Ain't no Obama supporter gonna do that.


SWRichmond's picture

Politicians all are severely narcissistic...why do we want to be "ruled" by anyone, let alone the mentally ill?

Is-Be's picture

Pagan Celts chose a leader

 In good times life was sweet.

In bad times the druids augered the future in his entrails


P-51 Stiletto's picture

You've got to be a narrcissistic freak to want to rule/govern. You're right Virginia. Ask ole R. E. Lee, he'll tell yea, "I shoulda been a farmer... or a poet".

AncientAviator's picture

You have to remember he is getting a kickback from the billions of dollars he gave to Iran.

laser's picture

Visitors will be easy pickings for local predators.

New_Meat's picture

I am absolutely sure it will be a "Gun-Free Zone"

Betcher ass

johngaltfla's picture

Funny you should mention that. When manufacturing still happened in America, I went to see some clients in Chicago. My sales rep said "want to see the new Cominsky field?" Of course, I said yes. When we got there, I asked why all the apartments in the projects had their windows bricked over.

He said the "tenants" would get high and take pot shots at the construction workers so instead of arresting them they though it would be easier to brick over the windows.

Ah Chicago, the north side is party time, the south side makes 1983 Beirut look like a vacation destination.

Scuba Steve's picture

Reminds me of the time I received "Free" tickets to New Comisk Sox game .... I was little queasy where we were parking and then after the game in the dark it was like:

"get ... in the car ... and ... lets ... get ... the hell ... out of here, NOW!

Raffie's picture

This is an elaborate gun range for sure.

Where is the fortified medical center at?

I suppose as you enter the range there is a big DEAD POOL sign and how many they expect killed in the 1st month after opening.

Oh and to the left is where you can rape kids, women and the elderly.

Over there is where people can huddle in groups for protection waiting for police to come and hope they are not killed.

Could not have picked a better location then Chicago.

WTG OhBummer...

junction's picture

Now if only they can find a way to shoe horn in a sewage treatment plant on the Lake Michigan side of the site, it will be all good.

ejmoosa's picture

And to think they tore down Reagan's boyhood home to make a parking lot for this crapola...



Butifldrm's picture

Call it "Out Of Africa"

runswithscissors's picture

obama's hometown of Chicago? really?

runswithscissors's picture

Presenting...."The Temple of Dumb"

Chuck Walla's picture

It kinda looks like those Aztec temples where they sacrificed humans.

How very apropos for the Boy King.

EmployedMillenial's picture

Best waste of money I've seen in a while: Compare the satellite photo to the rendering. They are going to destroy a track and field center and move it like...500 yards away. Perfect illustration of shovel-ready jobs and governent planning

SWRichmond's picture

Code Red Pill protestors will deny the communist his right to speak.  Shut it down!