Michelle: Many Around the World Feel Barack is ‘Their President’

Speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Tuesday, former first lady Michelle Obama said her husband, former President Barack Obama, could have built his presidential library anywhere because so many people around the world feel he is “their president.”

Michelle O. explained that 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.”

But she pointed out that “Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world, because there are so many people who feel like he is their president.” Not so many people inside the U.S. feel that way, however.

“New York wanted it. Hawaii wants it,” she added. No word on whether Kenya wanted it.