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Book Fight

Hawaii passed a resolution to ask for Obama's library



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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, both wearing a leis, walk over to the crowd at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. They are in Hawaii for the holidays. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Oh no they didn’t!

    Hawaii is lobbying hard for an Obama presidential library, despite the fact that the president calls Chicago home. 

    As if their lush tropical rain forests, miles of beaches and volcanic vistas weren't enough, lawmakers in the island paradise are asking President Obama to put his future presidential library in the state where he was born and raised.

    The state's House Tourism, Culture and International Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution Monday urging Obama to choose Hawaii as the location for the library, which will serve as the repository for the documents, records and artifacts of his presidency.

    But they’re going to have a fight on their hands, because Illinois will not take this lightly.

    People have already been scouting Chicago locations for the president’s repository.

    Apparently the University of Chicago has already reached out to the president to consider the university where he taught law as a home for his memories.

    Obama is said to be cool to that idea though.
    The president is said to favor a virtual library along the lines of what Jimmy Carter has at the Carter Center in Atlanta.