In what is becoming a theme for the last democratic President, (maybe ever), the Barack Obama Presidential library is going to be all glitz and glamor rather than substance and stability.
When you complete your time as President here in the United States, (anytime after Herbert Hoover’s time at the desk), a rather unique tradition begins to take shape. These former leaders of the free world will cultivate a library, in a city of their home state, filled with the ideals and ideologies that shaped their time within the halls of our various governments, as well as various speeches, decrees, and literature directly produced by the office of the President.
These monuments often take years to design and build, and are generally thought of with high regard for their contents and construction. Nowhere else in the nation can you get a true, firsthand glimpse at the daily goings-on in the White House, let alone surrounded by the context that shaped those goings-ons.
When it comes to Presidential barnyard excrement, however, former Commander in Chief Barack Obama may need to install a second set of stables to handle it all.
Not only will the democratic deity have a traditional collection of Oval Office documents on display, but a whole lot of excess as well.
“In their effort to break the mold, the planners of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are taking heat for some less-than-lofty features in the sprawling complex.
“Namely, a ‘test kitchen.’
“Reports first surfaced last fall that the monument to the first black president’s legacy was taking on an activity-center vibe. There would be a museum – but also a basketball court, possibly a room for yoga classes, and a test kitchen to teach visitors “about the full production cycle of nutritious food.”
“It’s a reference to former first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthy eating and lifestyles.
“But Chicago Tribune columnist Ron Grossman trashed the ‘test kitchen’ idea as not worthy of the ideals and history for which the presidential center is supposed to stand.
“’Mr. President, I’ve got to tell you: The renderings for your museum are “little plans,” more likely to congeal than stir blood,’ he wrote.”
Of course, what would we expect from the President who once kissed his fingers in a mock “mic drop” moment at the end of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
Obama certainly wasn’t the first President to simultaneously be a media sensation, but he was the first President to completely embrace the supplemental attention of American liberal pop culture. His willingness to arrange, travel to, and participate in several television programs and internet comedy bits certainly allows us ample opportunity to examine the use of his time and taxpayer dollars.
And while some still criticize President Trump’s golfing days, we must remember that Trump isn’t rehearsing lines or “in makeup” for comedic television cameras at all.