The next freakout on the schedule:
This month Obama is expected to make his decision on where he is going to put his Presidential Library. I fully expect a freak-out over just about everything about it: it’s cost, it’s location, what’s put in it, and even whether he deserves one.
Let’s not get into the fundraising aspects of it. And wherever it’s located will be criticized.Hawaii’s too brown, Chicago’s too ghetto.
But the real reason I think, for the freakout is that this will be a Presidential Library that not only won’t be a failure, but a resounding success. Who can resist going to the Presidential Library of the first African-American President? And Obama, leaving the Presidency at the age of 55, will be a presence there: inspiring, encouraging, renewing.
It may also be a community resource-a safe place to meet, organize and learn, especially for minorities. It will be well protected, lighted and heated. It will be a place where thinkers and scholars both study and learn about both Obama-and the places where he lived and developed.
Lastly, the freakout is that a Presidential Library means Obama cannot be erased by merely forgetting him. This is a brick and mortar legacy-and eventually, memorial. (Several Presidents have been buried on the grounds of their Presidential Libraries)