Please, please do not inform the President of the United States that some of the agencies under his administration have something to say about the location of the Obama Presidential Center.
It turns out that under the National Environmental Policy act and the National Historic Preservation Act both the Federal Highway Administration and the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have something to say about the changes contemplated in historic Jackson Park to accommodate the center. (See page 1).
There have been, for several years, many comments by the talking (and writing) heads of political wisdom in our country about the “Politics of Vengeance” being seemingly practiced by the present residence of the White House against its most recent past resident.
He has by presidential order reversed environmental rules and other regulations on businesses, approved the Keystone pipeline project and walked away from the Asian trade agreement and the Paris climate agreement. He has also tightened restrictions on the recently lifted Cuba economic embargo and put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan. This has led some commentators to speculate that President Donald Trump’s overriding philosophy is “was Obama for it?”
Their explanation for the origin of this political thought is the White House Correspondents dinner of May 2011. At that dinner, with Trump in the audience, Obama put a copy of his birth certificate up on a big screen. Turning to the audience he said: “No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing?” At the dinner President Obama continued to mock Trump, who had been a leader of the Birther movement.
One written commentary about that happening had the headline “Obama Viciously Mocks Trump”. So some writers now hold the dinner responsible for what is being suggested as Trump’s effort to erase the Obama legacy.
Legacy? Obama Presidential Center? Historic Jackson Park laid out by Fredrick Law Olmsted? Federal agencies? Oh NO!
Don’t we have enough trouble about Jackson Park just among us who love the last President? We don’t need this too.