Earlier this evening, Michael Strautmanis, chief engagement officer at the Obama Foundation, sent the message below to the Foundation's full email list. To get updates like this and other happenings, you can sign up for our email list here.
During Tuesday’s meeting at McCormick Place, we received productive and inspiring feedback from the public -- and we wanted to make sure we shared that with you.
Over the course of the breakout sessions, we heard what folks have liked about the process and plans for the Obama Presidential Center and surrounding campus -- and heard their concerns, as well. We heard what our neighbors are still hoping to see, and how you all would personally like to play a role in the Center’s activities.
Ultimately, as our surprise guest Opens in a new tab noted during his remarks:
"I want young people all across the South Side of Chicago, all across Chicago, all across America to be able to look at this Center and say, ‘This is a sign I count and this is a sign that I can change the world.’”
Then, take a look at the feedback we heard below -- read through what we heard, and if you’ve got more to add, you can share it right here.
Overheard at the meeting:
On the track and the park:
“...I look at this like an investment. The plans are great and the back and forth with the community is admirable. I echo the president. Let’s go. We can only talk for so long. We need to get shovels in the dirt.”
– South Shore Resident since 1970
On design and layout:
“[The Obamas] do not want it to be a retrospective-looking mausoleum, but they want it to be an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the community and those that are embodied in them.”
- David Simas, Obama Foundation CEO
We’re at a major milestone in making the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side a reality. Thank you for being a part of this process and sharing your input and ideas along the way. Our team is listening and reviewing each and every comment, and we may share your feedback as testimony in our public filing process with the city to help us make the case for the Obama Presidential Center.