I don't quite know why ex-Presidents of the United States insist of having grandiose buildings designed and built as monuments to their usually incompetent reigns. They often call them 'Presidential Libraries' although I doubt that many of them ever read a book. The latest effort in this peculiar habit comes from 'Obamarama' and it can only be described as both a 'hit' and a 'miss'. First of all the 'hit' bit is spot on because it is so eye-stabbingly bland that it captures the very essence of the 'Man Who Bored for America'. On the other hand, it is so pristinely, virginally white that it makes you wonder if secretly he himself wished he had been just a tad whiter? Also, it has enormous hips! Now, y'all know my aversion to 'psychobabble' so I will not pursue that line of thought.
It is, of course, a dribblingly delicious irony that this monument to a 'community advisor from Chicago' has been roundly condemned by, er, well, the community in Chicago! In an open letter from various luminaries at the University of Chicago, they complain that the whole damned thing is too big, too expensive (the community will have to pay for, dare one say, 'yuuuuuuuge' changes to the local infrastructure and the entire project involves giving away public land to a private entity, that is, the Obama Foundation. (Heh, that's socialism for ya!)
On top of all that, the whole damned thing is so ugly and such was the level of protest that the Foundation agreed to a redesign:
It now looks like one of those buildings in Damascus which has been raked with shrapnel! 'The One', himself, has let it be known that the museum building represents "ascension, hope and what ordinary people have the power to do together." Or to put it another way, I know best what is best for you so just s.t.f.u.! A very suitable monument, don'cha think?