Barack Obama Is Opening A Recording Studio On Chicago’s South Side (Video)

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Former president Barack Obama leaves behind an enormous political legacy, but his memory is not relegated to domestic and international policy. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will likely go down in history as one of America’s most beloved first couples, not because of the agendas they pushed in Washington, but for their open-hearted embrace of “normal” aspects of life, like music. From Mrs. Obama’s appearance in a “Carpool Karaoke” segment, to President Obama’s meeting with Kendrick Lamar, an appreciation for music and all of its inspiring qualities was never far from the White House.

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Now, it appears the Obamas will be keeping music a central focal point of their post-White House lives. As reported by CNN (and seen at the FADER), the final plans for Barack Obama’s presidential library in Chicago will include a fully operational recording studio. In a statement Mr. Obama made at a ceremony unveiling the architectural plans, he said his future library will include “a studio where I can invite Spike Lee or Stephen Spielberg to come and do workshops on how to make films around the stories that young activists are working on” and “a music recording studio where I can invite Chance (the Rapper) or Bruce Springsteen, depending on your taste, to come here and talk about how you can record music that has social commentary and meaning.”

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The Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, as explained by the Chicago Tribune, will be “a campus of three buildings highlighted by an eye-catching museum,” which Mr. Obama himself said will be “a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side.” An auditorium, restaurant, public garden, and library will all be included in the bold architectural plans, but it’s the recording studio that sets the Obama presidential library apart from those of other past presidents.

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For more details about the Obama Presidential Center, check out the detailed report from the Chicago Tribune, which provides some Chicago-focused perspective on the forthcoming building plans.