On Tuesday, former first lady Michelle Obama stated that her husband, former President Barack Obama, could have built his presidential library anywhere in the world because many feel he is “their president.”
Obama made the comment while speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit in Illinois. She went on to explain that they chose Chicago Jackson Park for the site of the Obama Presidential Center because it was located close to the couple’s former home and near her South Side childhood home.
“There’s power in the selection of Jackson Park,” Obama shared. “Barack and I don’t do things incidentally. There’s a strategy.”
Obama then stated that the library could have even been built outside of the United States.
“Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world because there are so many people who feel like he is their president,” she stated.
“New York wanted it. Hawaii wants it. Because it’s also an economic engine,” she added.
Michelle Obama came to the interview with her brother, Craig Robinson and was interviewed by Isabel Wilkerson the author of “The Warmth of Other Suns.”
Back in June, a federal judge ruled that plans to build the $500 million presidential center on Chicago’s lakefront could move forward after dismissing the advocacy group Protect Our Parks’ lawsuit objecting to the use of public parkland.