Thirteen bids to host Obama's presidential library

WASHINGTON Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:49pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California June 14, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thirteen bidders have applied to host Barack Obama's presidential library, the foundation overseeing the project said on Tuesday.

The deadline for organizations or cities to submit their initial proposals to the Barack Obama Foundation was on Monday. The foundation did not say what sites had applied, but Hawaii, where Obama was born, and Chicago, his political base, are considered top contenders.

"These ideas will ultimately help us build a library that reflects President Obama’s priorities and values throughout his life and career, and makes our whole nation proud," foundation Chairman Martin Nesbitt said in a statement.

He said a short list of potential sites would be identified this summer.

Obama supporters launched the foundation in January to plan construction of the library. The foundation said then that it expected to decide on a site in early 2015, two years before Obama, a Democrat, is due to leave office after serving two terms.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (2)
Lodestar wrote:
I’ve got an abandoned outhouse I’ll be happy to donate to the cause. That will save on construction costs.

Jun 17, 2014 2:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:
What will be fitting in this library is a bunch of books filled with text of empty rhetoric, lies, cover-ups, failures and the damage done to our country. A sign should be put out in front of the building saying “Come on in and learn about the worst President the US has ever had”.

Jun 17, 2014 3:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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