(Breitbart) – Former first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that her husband, former President Barack Obama, could have built his presidential library anywhere in the world because many feel he is “their president.”
Obama, speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology, explained Chicago’s Jackson Park was selected as the site for the Obama Presidential Center because it was close to the couple’s former home and situated near her South Side childhood home.
“There’s power in the selection of Jackson Park,” the former first lady said. “Barack and I don’t do things incidentally. There’s a strategy.”
Obama then argued the library could have even been built outside of the United States.
“Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world, because there are so many people who feel like he is their president,” she stated.
“New York wanted it. Hawaii wants it. Because it’s also an economic engine,” she added.
Michelle Obama appeared at the fireside chat with her brother, Craig Robinson, and interviewed by The Warmth of Other Suns author Isabel Wilkerson.
In June, a federal judge ruled plans to build the $500 million presidential center on Chicago’s lakefront could move forward, dismissing advocacy group Protect Our Parks’s lawsuit objecting to the use of public park land.
Flashback: Michelle Obama Claims People Dismiss Presidency After Barack: ‘If A Black Guy Can Do It, Anybody Can’
In a Saturday interview, former first lady Michelle Obama insisted that Americans now dismiss the U.S. presidency because a black man was recently in the office.
Speaking to TV host Gayle King during the 2019 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Obama exclaimed that husband Barack made the presidency “look too easy,” Fox News reported.
“I guess it’s kind of like if the black guy can do it, anybody can do it — and that’s not true. It’s a hard job,” Michelle told the crowd.
Obama also reminded the audience that she was often portrayed as “an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband.” She added that America is afraid of “the strength of a black woman.”
Indeed, it was Michelle Obama who said that she was never proud of America until her husband became the Democrat nominee.
Just before the Wisconsin primary in 2008, Michelle was attempting to introduce Barack at a rally when she said that with her husband on the fast track to becoming president of the United States she was finally proud of America. “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback,” she said on the stage.
At the Essence Festival, the former first lady also took a swipe at President Trump, though she did not mention his name.
“The leader of the free world with a tweet can start a war, can crush an economy, can change the future of our children,” she said. Obama then insisted that the president must have “deep seriousness and focus… with a clear base of facts and ideas.”