University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer released this statement on January 31, 2014:
“As president of the University of Chicago, I welcome the news that the Barack H. Obama Foundation has been established to oversee planning for President Obama’s future presidential library. I strongly believe the Obama Presidential Library would be ideal for one of our neighboring communities on the South Side of Chicago. Such a location would reflect the personal and professional lives of the Obamas, as well as their commitments to society. A presidential library would mark a watershed moment for the South Side, catalyzing significant and sustained economic opportunity in an area poised to make the most of such promise. It would bring cultural and programmatic opportunities for all of Chicago’s residents and visitors. The University of Chicago is committed to working in partnership with the City of Chicago, our neighbors, civic leaders, and cultural and educational institutions to develop a plan that benefits the city and the nation.”
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