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Why Should the Obama Presidential Library Be Built in Hawaii?

If Hawaii wins the bid, the Obama Presidential Library would attract investors far and wide in its construction, beautiful the Honolulu waterfront, and grant Hawaii its rightful place on the worldmap once and for all.

The library would serve as a repository for documents, records and artifacts of his presidency. The House Tourism, Culture and International Affairs Committee passed a resolution on Monday urging Obama to choose Hawaii as the location for the library. Even some Republicans are supporting the effort.

If the resolution is approved by the full house, it gets sent to Obama. It is more than likely that Hawaii will have to compete with Illinois for the honor. The state would have to raise $2.5 million for a bid proposal so save up your pennies. It’s worth it though. If Hawaii is selected, the library would attract more than $250 million in outside money from donors and foundations for construction.

The beautiful William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library. Could Hawaii be next?

Robert Perkins, an American Studies professor at the University of Hawaii is preparing the library proposal. He states, “It could be a home away from home for the first family and their work after the presidency. It could be built on a waterfront property and give Honolulu’s skyline a landmark comparable to the Sydney Opera House.”

Hawaii has been lucky to have lots of airtime while the first family visits, but this would put us on the map for good. Not only will Oahu benefit, so would the neighbor islands….since we are just a hop and a skip away (in mainland travel times).

The House resolution is just the first step in the process but isn’t that something to look forward too. I’ve never been to a Presidential library. It would be so cool to have one in my backyard. Another reason why I’m lucky to live the Hawaii Life!

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Keahi Pelayo

April 1, 2010

He hasn’t proven to me that he is yet worthy of our having his library. He adopted Chicago, let them have it.
Aloha,
Keahi

Keahi Pelayo

April 1, 2010

He hasn’t proven to me that he is yet worthy of our having his library. He adopted Chicago, let them have it.
Aloha,
Keahi

neil

April 4, 2010

the library should not be in hawaii as he will ruin the economy with his policies

neil

April 4, 2010

the library should not be in hawaii as he will ruin the economy with his policies

Carmen Brodeur

April 5, 2010

Yes Hawaii deserve a little bit more respect from the mainland. The presidential library is a great start.

Carmen Brodeur

April 5, 2010

Yes Hawaii deserve a little bit more respect from the mainland. The presidential library is a great start.

Katie Minkus, R(B)

April 6, 2010

Neil – although I understand your sentiment, I have a hard time believing that a Presidential library in Hawaii would be bad no matter what influence and legacy Obama leaves behind after his term(s) in office. Just look at the Nixon Presidential Library for an example. It’s hard to say that Orange County has been negatively affected even though Nixon is most likely the least-admired President of the 20th century.

Katie Minkus, R(B)

April 6, 2010

Neil – although I understand your sentiment, I have a hard time believing that a Presidential library in Hawaii would be bad no matter what influence and legacy Obama leaves behind after his term(s) in office. Just look at the Nixon Presidential Library for an example. It’s hard to say that Orange County has been negatively affected even though Nixon is most likely the least-admired President of the 20th century.

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