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Bob Sirott's One More Thing about the Presidential Library & Museum

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One more thing about the Obama Presidential Library and Museum. 

The president certainly doesn't want to think about where to have it right now. It's a subject for the end of his term, which he hopes is still more than four years away.

But there's already an unofficial fan site for the library, regardless of where it will be. The University of Hawaii's main campus in Honolulu--where Mr. Obama was born and mostly raised--will probably make a formal bid for the library. The University of Chicago is the other likely site. The president taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for 12 years, and of course began his political career in Chicago. I hope it ends up here.

It really should. I know the Obama's vacation in Hawaii. Who wouldn't? But Chicago is where he votes, where he met and married Michelle, where his kids were born, where his political career began, and the place he's often spoken of missing most while living in the presidential security bubble.

Local real estate, tourism, south side economic development, and the University of Chicago's reputation would all benefit from an Obama library and museum. Skeptics at the school worry that the University of Chicago's academic independence would be compromised. Malarkey!

If the president is on the fence on this, I'll sweeten the deal. If he announces that his library will be in Chicago, I'll donate five dollars to the charity of his choice.

Just call me the junior Donald.

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