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Obamas seek public input on upcoming Presidential Center for Chicago

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As the Obamas return to life as private citizens, they are looking to press forward on their presidential library

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As Donald J. Trump was taking the oath of office to become the next President of United States this morning, the Obamas launched a new website for the Obama Foundation and spoke to their plans to create a library and community center on Chicago’s South Side. The splash page features a video of Barack and Michelle briefly describing their intentions and asking for input on the new Obama Presidential Center, stating that “this will be your presidential center just as much as it is ours.”

The Obama Foundation is a living, working startup for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century. The Foundation is based on the South Side of Chicago, and we will have projects all over the city, the country, and the world.

To help us get started, we would love to hear from you. Send us your ideas, your hopes, your dreams about what we can achieve together. Tell us about the people who inspire you and the organizations whose work you admire.

The new website has two forms that visitors can fill out. One invites regular citizens to share ideas on what they feel the center should represent. Another survey asks for visitors to discuss which issues they care about and to highlight the people and organizations that have inspired them.

Here’s the video of the Obamas calling for submissions: