Obama: The Price of Hope is an intimate portrait of the Obama Administration, which had an indelible effect on the nation and world between 2008 and 2016. In this two-hour special, National Geographic examines the Obama years with unique insider access to the president and his inner circle, including frank interviews with Obama himself. From his 2008 electoral victory, the energetic Obama was determined to take on the challenges of governing an increasingly divided country. OBAMA: THE PRICE OF HOPE focuses on both triumphs and roadblocks, including the stimulus bill, housing crisis, universal health care, the Arab Spring, and rise of the Tea Party. The filmmakers also depict Obama's mission to end gun violence, his commitment to racial justice and his passion to inspire a sense of hope against all odds.
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The Barack Obama Presidential Center is the planned presidential center of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. It will be located in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago, near the campus of the University of Chicago. The university provides planning, support, engagement and programming. Included within the center's plans is a new branch for the Chicago Public Library. The nonprofit Obama Foundation will oversee the center's creation and its campus' construction, and partner with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to digitize the presidency records.
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The selection of the South Side has broad local support for reasons of civic pride as well as of the economic development it would bring in the form of jobs and development. The nonprofit group Friends of the Parks opposes the loss of parkland to build the center and had threatened a lawsuit to block development.. In May 2018, the preservationist group “Protect Our Parks” filed a lawsuit, to prevent the part of Jackson Park, which dates from 1893, from being taken from the public and given to a private entity. Mayor Emanuel was critical of the lawsuit. Later that month, the plan to build the center was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. The Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, a coalition of 19 community and activist groups, is seeking a community benefits agreement to require that the Obama Foundation, in partnership with the City of Chicago, sets aside jobs for residents in the local communities, protect low-income housing and home owners, support and create Black businesses, and strengthen neighborhood schools. Some residents have concerns about rising property taxes and rents that could displace many of the low-income Black residents. Recent rent increases for residents living directly across the street of the site location for the library has escalated concerns of displacement of residents, particularly those who have fixed incomes, and has drawn protests of local Aldermen who are in opposition of a community benefits agreement. As of 2018, the Obama Foundation has so far refused to consider a community benefits agreement. Some faculty members signed a letter stating concerns about the design, raised questions about the estimated cost of transportation improvements, and stated “there are concerns that the Obama Center as currently planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods”. A counter-letter in support of the Obama Center was signed by other University of Chicago faculty in response. The independent campus student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon wrote an editorial in support of the library that criticized the concerns raised by some faculty. The foundation has announced plans for community hiring. An economic impact assessment estimates that only about 28% of the 4,945 short-term construction jobs would go to South Side residents, with the remainder to the rest of Cook County. About 2,175 of the 2,536 long-term jobs would to go South Side residents, with the remainder to residents in rest of Cook County. It is estimated that the long-term jobs will bring in about $104 million in annual income to Cook County residents, or about $41,000 per job. Some local community residents are concerned about the percentage of new jobs going to residents living in the neighborhoods directly surrounding the center. For example, the Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition has ask that a majority of the jobs go to residents in the surrounding neighbors, that the jobs pay a living wage, and that jobs are set aside for hard-to-employ populations.
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