Bill de Blasio: Library of Obama Wanted in NYC at Columbia University

Image: Bill de Blasio: Library of Obama Wanted in NYC at Columbia University

Friday, 06 Jun 2014 02:18 PM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants the future library and museum of President Barack Obama in his city and is ready to go head-to-head with Chicago to get it, he told reporters Thursday.

De Blasio pitched the president's alma mater, Columbia University, as a possible site for the library.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Obama earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia in 1983.

"I think Columbia University is a perfect place for President Obama's museum," de Blasio, who earned his master's degree from Columbia, said in a press conference in Brooklyn unrelated to the library, the New York Observer reported. "We certainly have made an effort and we've certainly let the Obama team know we are excited about getting it and we'd do anything we can to be helpful."

Columbia announced in January that it would make a move to host the library. Interest grew when it was mentioned in a Politico article this month that the president wants to live in the city once his term expires in two years.

"Obama is giving more thought to his post-presidency than his aides like to suggest," the article, originally posted June 1, stated. "He has spoken privately of his intention to establish a foundation with the reach and influence of the Clinton Global Initiative, the international fundraising juggernaut started by former President Bill Clinton. And despite his deep connections to Chicago, he has told friends he would like to live in New York City."

That line appeared to be all the motivation de Blasio needed to announce his push.

"He has a real affection for the city and we obviously can guarantee not only a lot of support for such a museum but a huge number of people from around the world would be able to visit it," de Blasio told reporters at the news conference.

Chicago, though, is where the president started his professional and political careers. More personally – and likely importantly – it is the hometown of first lady Michelle Obama and where the couple dated and married.

Obama grew up in Hawaii, which is also considered in the running for the presidential library, wrote the Chicago Sun-Times.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Seth Rogen Didn't Think 'The Interview' Would Be Pulled by Sony

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 17:24 PM

On Monday, before Sony Pictures made the decision to pull "The Interview," actors Seth Rogen and James Franco couldn't i . . .

99-Year-Old Woman Robbed by Teen While Delivering Christmas Cookies

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 17:01 PM

A 99-year-old Connecticut woman delivering Christmas cookies was knocked to the ground and robbed by a teenager Wednesda . . .

Mark-1 Plumbing: Truck From Texas Winds Up With Militants in Syria

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 18:06 PM

A photo of an old truck with a Mark-1 Plumbing logo on the side that used to belong to a Texas plumber has showed up on  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved