Historians Puzzled: There Will Be No Obama Documents In The Obama Library

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Historians are puzzled over the recent announcement from the Obama Foundation. Apparently, the foundation is taking an unprecedented approach and has chosen to only house digital copies of the former president Barack Obama’s correspondences.

Although it will still be at least four years before the Obama library will open, the decision to not house any documents is creating some concern. The Obama Foundation has indicated that there will be no actual documents on hand at the Obama library in Chicago. The foundation is casting its approach as simply keeping pace with the times. But that has left historians and scholars baffled. “All archivists are waiting to see how this will work, because we are all struggling with how to make things available digitally,” Peggy Glowacki, a manuscripts librarian at the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.

“The foundation’s goal is to create, with NARA, a new model for the next generation of presidential centers that reflects the way people access information in this digital age,” an Obama Foundation spokesperson told Fox News, referring to the National Archives and Records Administration. “The Obama Foundation will be funding through private funds the digitization of all non-classified presidential records in order to help facilitate better access to these documents to a broader audience.”

Presidential libraries typically attract historians and students from across the nation who are eager to sift through records, speeches, documents, and letters of former presidents. But without the artifacts physically at the center, some experts have questioned the process. “I think in this case it’s such a massive amount of material that it will be important to see how they are able to deliver it and make it easy to search,” Glowacki told the Chicago Tribune.

NARA told the Tribune that the classified documents from Obama’s presidency will be stored in an existing facility in Washington, while the non-classified documents probably will be stored in a NARA facility outside the district. The foundation reported in July that total fundraising for the Center amounted to at least $8 million toward the projected $500 million cost of the library-museum. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Planners for months have made clear that Obama’s post-presidency project will be different from other presidential centers.  Back in May, Obama described it as “more like a campus,” with plans to position it as a “premier institution for training young people in leadership.” –Fox News

Dean of William J. Clinton School of Public Service James “Skipp” Rutherford, who oversaw the development of the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas, told the Chicago Tribune that this sort of setup can still offer some value to those who chose to seek it. “Here’s how it will be attractive: through the forums, workshops, and programs they conduct,” Rutherford said, noting “the presence of paper records is less important now.”

But some still say that an actually having material on hand is how one will benefit.

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  • Everything will probably have to be classified and redacted to death to be allowed to be in print.

  • darkhorse

    um…we still don’t have this stranger’s birth certificate or his wife’s thesis – ?

    • Jas

      or any school records, I can look up class grades for all recent presidents, except the man with many names, and social security numbers.

      • darkhorse

        umm hmmm… yeah…they must be with the birth certificate…

  • Simon says

    so digital library record only…now actually hope a North Korean EMP hits Hawaii…erase this POS from history

  • Rick E.

    When one has nothing to hide, one hides nothing! It’s simple. The decision has been made to obscure Obama’s past because the documents and all won’t be flattering to his legacy.
    In fact, they would help document what a scumbag he was/is.

  • tonye

    Oh… Big Brother’s Ministry of Truth… they can change whatever is on those documents whenever they feel like it.

    Only 8MIL out of 500MIL… hmm.. Maybe they can build a park with a couple of public restrooms (always out of order) and use it as a drug shopping center.

  • George of the Jungle

    I guess they want to have only digital records in Obummer’s library so those records will be of the same authenticity as his alleged “birth certificate” . . . you know, the PDF document that was posted by the White House that was proven to be a forgery?

  • John C Carleton

    The Obombister is not real anyway, why would there be records of a non person, with a man wearing a jock strap as a f”first Lady”.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    The better to manipulate the data so future libbiots will see him for the god that he really isn’t, my pretties…….

  • Scrollock

    Sounds like his library will be as substantive as he is.

  • RMS1911

    No surprise there are no documents on a fake person called obama. Soetoro on the other hand has a lot of documentation that’s why is sealed.

  • Jeri Brace

    just like all the presidents before Obama Obama had been very busy destroying incriminating evidence against him before he left office.

    • SP_88

      Only in this case the incriminating evidence constitutes all of it. There probably aren’t any paper documents left that weren’t shoved into a paper shredder or a burn barrel in a mad rush to destroy everything a few days before he left office.

  • Long Ben

    Otherwise known as evidence.

  • grammyprepper

    what about everything he did with the power of his pen? oh, wait, those don’t exist…Electronic records are so much easier to alter…1984 anyone?

  • phicrappazappa

    The floorspace saved will be used for male-only saunas as well as Presidential Suites for members only.

  • FGD135

    Crime pays in the land of Rahm

  • gazoo3

    Everything about Obama is a lie. Especially his past.

  • Enough is enough

    This is so IF the 1% can completely take over. The real brainwashing begins. Obama will end up the first presedent of the New America in a hundred years.

  • TrevorD

    Obama…“premier institution for training young people in leadership.”
    LOL, thats funnier than him getting the Nobel Peace prize for bombing the sh@t out of the Middle East. The world is utterly crazy 🙂

  • Vernon Bennett

    No birth certificate, no college records, no high school records, nothing

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Nooo, but it WILL be filled to the ceiling with gay porn.

  • Bob Wifner

    Of course there wont be any documents. He’s a complete fraud, they don’t want to have to create a whole library of fake documents.