When President Obama and Mrs. Obama asked me to help oversee the development of their presidential center, they made it clear that it should be more than a museum. They want to create a place that inspires people and communities to take on challenges together.
Today, I’m honored to share with you the conceptual vision for the Obama Presidential Center — a living, working center for citizenship in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. Take a look.
President Obama believes that the most important job in our democracy is that of citizen. That’s what the Obama Presidential Center is going to be all about. It will be a living, working center — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century.
The Center will be located on the South Side of Chicago, but the Obama Foundation will have projects all over the state, the country, and the world. We’ll need you to stay involved and help us create a place — and an organization — that will help inspire and empower people the world over to tackle challenges big and small in their communities.
Take a look at the plans for yourself — I hope you’re as proud of them as I am:
Chairman, Board of Directors