The Obama Library that isn’t a library has already broken its promise to the people of Chicago not to destroy the ages-old trees in the city’s hundred-year-old Jackson Park.
The “Obama Center” promised not to cut down any trees in the park until all permits were awarded and all lawsuits were settled. But trees are already being destroyed quite despite Obama’s promises.
According to Breitbart News:
The City of Chicago, the park district, and the Obama Center agreed to wait until a handful of lawsuits have developed before beginning preparations for construction, but the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Obama Center’s promise has essentially been broken because the Chicago Park District has already begun destroying baseball diamonds and tearing out trees as part of the work associated with the Obama complex construction.
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In January, the Obama Center promised that until the foundation had all permits secured and all lawsuits were satisfied, “there will be no trees removed or cut down.” But now, the Center claims that only the 19.3 acres upon which the center will sit is included in that promise, and the trees destroyed by the Park District are not on that acreage.
The Center’s claim is technically accurate. But the paper explains that the decades-old trees are being destroyed to make room for a track field that is being displaced by the impending construction of the Obama Center. One did not need to transpire without the other, so the moving of the track field is inextricably tied to the Obama Center, critics note.
The reason Obama’s “center” is a fake library is because, unlike all the other presidential libraries, Obama has refused to house his records and papers in the building that Chicago has accepted for construction.
In other words, it is a bait and switch.
Meanwhile, this monstrous complex is being built in the middle of a park that was put on the National Registry of Historic Places and is set to destroy a park that was created in 1893!
Despite claims by Obama representatives, the famed Jackson Park, designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1893, will see major alterations even though the park was placed on the federal National Register of Historic Places in 1972. And preservationists say the Obama Center is destroying the carefully planned parklands across the city’s Lake Shore region.
Then, an even worse lie is that the “center” is being built with “private money” and that no public funds will be required. Turns out the “center” will require well over a hundred million tax dollars to be spent.
According to the Wall Street Journal, taxpayers are now being asked for nearly two hundred million dollars for costs resulting from the Obama Center.
“Now comes news that Illinois taxpayers will put up at least $174 million for roadway and transit reconfigurations needed to accommodate the Obama Center. If you don’t live in Illinois, you may be smirking — but you’ll be footing the bill, too,” the Journal reported on August 10. “Eighty percent of such spending is generally reimbursed by the federal government, and Illinois officials confirmed to me that they expect to receive $139 million from Washington if they request it.”
At every step of planning this fake library Obama has lied to the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the American people.
I wish I could say I am shocked. But given his reputation as a world class liar, I cannot be.
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