In a promotional video, President Obama announces the South Side of Chicago has been chosen as the future site of the Obama presidential library. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Barack Obama's presidential library will be built in his hometown of Chicago, beating out proposals by New York City and Hawaii to host the facility, the Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday (May 12). A proposal from the University of Chicago, where Obama was a law professor and near where he has a home on the city's South Side, was chosen by his foundation. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in a video produced by the Obama Foundation announcing the news of the library's Chicago location. In March, Chicago City Council, hoping to boost the chances of landing the library, unanimously approved the use of land in two parks near the president's home. The land is near the University of Chicago and would be transferred if the school's bid for the presidential library is accepted. Obama taught at the university before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004. The University of Illinois at Chicago also had a proposal for the library, which did not require a land transfer. Obama, a Democrat, is due to leave office in January 2017 after two terms in the White House. His supporters launched the foundation in January 2014 to plan the library's construction.