"There’s power in the selection of Jackson Park. Barack and I don’t do things incidentally. There’s a strategy," said Michelle.

Although it has almost been 3 years since former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle left the White House, they are still two of the most admired and respected individuals across the globe. With Donald Trump being, well Trump, the world is constantly reminded of this power couple's grace and dignity—not a day goes by when a majority of Americans wish they could turn back time. Michelle and Barack aren't oblivious to the high esteem they are held in and speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit recently, the mother-of-two spoke about how it comes with its perks.

 

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, speaking at the Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, the former first lady said that her husband could have built his presidential library practically anywhere in the world since many consider him to be "their president." It was announced at the summit that the Barack Obama Presidential Center would be located in Chicago's Jackson Park, which Michelle revealed was very close to the couple's heart.

 

The 55-year-old said that despite many places across the globe wanting to host the library, they picked Chicago's Jackson Park because it is close to the couple's old home and near Michelle's South Side childhood home. "There’s power in the selection of Jackson Park. Barack and I don’t do things incidentally. There’s a strategy," she said.

The Becoming author added, "Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world because there are so many people who feel like he is their president. New York wanted it. Hawaii wants it. Because it’s also an economic engine."

 

The Obamas unveiled the first look at the design of the planned Obama Presidential Center in 2017, revealing that it would be a campus of three buildings with an eye-catching museum as its highlight. Calling the center a "transformational project for this community," Obama said, "It's not just a building. It's not just a park. Hopefully, it's a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side."

 

Obama, who was also present at the summit last week, made headlines with his comments about "woke" culture. According to a report by BBC, he said, "I get a sense among certain young people on social media that the way of making change is to be as judgemental as possible about other people. If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn't do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because 'Man did you see how woke I was? I called you out!' That's enough. If all you're doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far."

 

"This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're politically woke, and all that stuff -- you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws," the former President added. Meanwhile, the Barack Obama Presidential Center has faced strong opposition since its conception with nonprofit group Friends of the Parks threatening to file a lawsuit to block the library's development on parkland. The loss of parkland to build the center has also been opposed by the preservationist group Protect Our Parks, which filed a lawsuit in May 2018 to prevent the same. However, a federal judge dismissed all lawsuits in June this year.

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