This seems only fitting. A library without papers is like a president with no character. How better to remember Obama?
Once the Obama Presidential Center is constructed, it will have a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings, basketball courts and even a recording studio, officials have said.
But what the space won’t have is all of former President Barack Obama’s manuscripts, documents, letters and gifts he collected during his time in office. While the Presidential Center is about four years from opening, a conversation has begun about what the facility will mean to scholars and to local research universities without those items.
Traditionally, Presidential Libraries are places where historians, academics and college students travel to dig through paperwork and hold the first drafts of speeches, letters and legislation in their hands. But without those papers on site, some have begun to ask whether the Obama Center can even attract researchers to the University of Chicago, Chicago State University or the University of Illinois.
I doubt Obama cares.
The library is a gimmick. Obama doesn't much care about it. His focus is not on Chicago, but on New York. And it's also unsurprising that the most non-transparent guy in the White House would obstruct further research and make it more complicated.
A lot of the amenities were added to appease local residents.
Obama is happy to take another monument. But don't expect him to be especially open or to view his library as anything more than a fundraising opportunity.