What could possibly be a more fitting monument to such an empty vessel?
Unlike traditional presidential libraries, the Obama Presidential Center will not actually have library materials. That is—it will not house former President Obama’s manuscripts, documents, letters, and gifts from his tenure in office—items presidential centers around the country all have.
Instead, it will include space for outdoor functions and picnics, a basketball court, recording studio, sledding hill, children’s play garden, and more.
As for the actual library documents, the center will rely online archives for Obama’s presidential materials as a way to avoid meeting federal standards in construction, raising money for an endowment, and paying the National Archives and Records Administration to run the facility.
“This is going to be completely different,” said Foundation CEO David Simas, reports The Chicago Tribune. “What the president and first lady said…is they simply did not want a museum that served as a mausoleum, as a way to look back.”
Oh no, of course not. What they want is a place for his disciples and acolytes to genuflect to and dutifully worship His Most Puissant Majesty, and just generally celebrate the greatness of pResident Potato Head. Personally, I like it; clearly, it’s going to be as hollow and devoid of substance as the “man” himself always was, and as such it’s difficult to imagine anything that could be more appropriate.