Former President Barack Obama has defended the location of his $500 million Presidential Center in Chicago, saying he’s “absolutely confident” it will benefit the community – amid complaints from locals that it will destroy a historic park and lead to gentrification.

Following five years of legal battles, a federal review and gentrification concerns, Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to attend a celebratory groundbreaking Tuesday at the construction site of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side.

In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on the eve of the groundbreaking, Obama dismissed the criticism of his legacy project, including multiple legal attempts to block construction.

“The overwhelming majority of the community has been not just okay with it, but are hugely enthusiastic about it,” Obama said.

“The truth is, any time you do a big project, unless you’re in the middle of a field somewhere, you know, and it’s on private property, there’s always going to be some people who say, ‘Well, but we don’t want change. We’re worried about it. We don’t know how it’s going to turn out,’” Obama said.

“Which is why we’ve gone through such an exhaustive process to encourage and elicit comments and concerns and criticism and suggestions from the community.”

The former president decided back in 2016 that he wanted his presidential library to be located on Chicago’s South Side where he previously worked as a community organizer. His wife Michelle also grew up in the neighborhood.

“The young person who’s growing up across the street or down the block or a few miles away, now suddenly have a place where concerts and speeches and debates and forums are taking place that they can access,” Obama told the outlet.

“If they want to bring about change in their neighborhoods, they’ve got resources and people who can teach them how to do that effectively. And they’re going to be able to see themselves as part of that change in a way that, so often, they don’t feel right now.”

Construction on the legacy project began last month and is expected to take five years.

On the same day that construction started, the Supreme Court blocked an 11th hour plea from Chicago park advocacy group, Protect Our Parks, to halt the project.

The group has argued it will destroy significant parts of historic Jackson Park. The presidential center will sit on 19 acres of the 540-acre park.

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12 thoughts on “Obama Muscles In His $500M Presidential Library, Will Destroy Chicago’s Historic Park”
  1. How stupid can this a$$wipe be? Chicago? Where all the murders, fires and beatings take place? Won’t be long before ANTIFA destroys it anyway. Maybe Obama doesn’t have a brain after all.

  2. Well I think it is appropriate…he did live there. They helped elect him so if his library destroys a park it is no surprise as he gets what he wants. Do you really think Biden is running this country.. That is a joke, try Susan Rice doing Obama’s bidding is who really is.

  3. He only merits a plaque that states, “Here is where the astonishingly incompetent

    He only merit a plaque that states, “Here is where the astonishingly incompetent President Obama began his political career”

  4. I think the money should be spent on a statue of Obama as big as the $ can support.May be 6-7 times larger that the Statue of liberty.Why make a library?Most of the people that voted for him cant read.His followers remind me of the King Cong tribe in the move.Full of fear and superstition.They have the right place and State for the project.I just hope that only BLM and ANTIFA people work on this Obama Project.Let the credit go to his real followers.Change you CAN believe in!

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