- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2014

Four universities are finalists to host the Obama Presidential Library, including the University of Chicago and the University of Hawaii.

The Barack Obama Foundation also issued requests for proposals Monday to the University of Illinois at Chicago and Columbia University. All of the schools submitted their qualifications earlier this year.

“These four potential partners have come the farthest in meeting our criteria and have each demonstrated a strong vision for the future Obama Presidential Library,” said Board Chair Martin Nesbitt, a longtime friend of the president. “We look forward to working with each institution to further refine their proposals over the coming months, and to presenting our recommendations to the president and first lady early next year.”

The Chicago-based foundation for the first time gave more details about what Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama want the presidential library to showcase, including documents from his presidency; exhibits and programs about the administration and a forum for the couple’s future activities.

The RFP and a request for detailed financial commitments are due on Dec. 11. The board will present recommendations to the Obamas early next year.

The Obama Library and Museum would be the 14th presidential library in the federal system. The newest, the George W. Bush presidential center in Dallas, opened in May 2013.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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