- The Washington Times - Monday, December 22, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Just in time for President Obama’s winter holiday in Hawaii: State and local officials in the Aloha State have submitted their formal proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Center - this to TheBarack Obama Foundation, a year-old nonprofit that’s coordinating the project and entertaining pitches from Chicago and New York City as well. The future facility could cost up to $500 million to construct according to some press reports; it would be located on a beach-front site in the Kaka’ako neighborhood of Honolulu, with plans that are definitely Obama-friendly. The site would also house a Global Youth Leadership Academy, an “action-oriented” Convening Institute, a Hawaii University Center for Community Organizing and an interactive and an issues-based visitor center, according to advance materials. The library would bring up to between $40 million in annual tax revenues and $2 billion in new economic activity, the planners estimate.

“President Obama is part of our island family,” says Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “We humbly suggest that Hawaii is the best place to build his Presidential Center. With our rich cultural heritage, mature visitor industry and Asia-Pacific ties, we believe we can help President Obama create an institution that will carry forward his important work on a global stage.”

Which of the three cities will win? We’ll know soon. “The Board of Directors anticipates sharing their final recommendation with the president and first lady, who will then make the final decision, in the first quarter of 2015,” the aforementioned foundation says.

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