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President Barack Obama is giving back to the community that molded him.

In a video released early Tuesday morning, he and first lady Michelle Obama announced that his

presidential library and museum will be built on the South Side of Chicago.

“All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago,” the

president said an inspiring video while seated next to his wife. “That’s where I was able to apply that

early idealism to try to work in communities in public service. That’s where I met my wife. That’s where

my children were born.”

Mrs. Obama, who eyed her husband attentively while he spoke also said she was “thrilled to be able to

put this resource in the heart of the neighborhood that means the world to me. Every value, every

memory, every important relationship to me exists in Chicago. I consider myself a South Sider.”

The University of Chicago beat out its competitors, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia

University and the University of Hawaii, which also boasted about their ties to Obama and vehemently

pursued the opportunity to host his presidential center.

Obama’s birthplace, the city of Honolulu in Hawaii, was also a finalist, but, according to insiders, Chicago

was the favorite.

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Giving Back to the Community: Obama’s Presidential Library & Museum Will Be Built In Chicago  was originally published on praisecleveland.com