From the Chicago Sun Times:
A University of Chicago professor is raising red flags about the still-underground campaign to bring Barack Obama’s presidential library to the campus where Obama was a senior law lecturer.
I thought Obama and his campaign said he was a “professor.”
“I want to raise the alarm because I think a presidential museum will inevitably become our university’s highest-profile institution on a national basis,” Political Science Professor Charles Lipson said. “It will not be a disinterested, scholarly institution. It will be advancing a political agenda, funded by President Obama’s political allies, including foreign donors who cannot give money to his presidential campaigns.”
Foreign donors gave Obama money through all those pre-paid credit cards that are untraceable.
The Reagan Library in California attracts conservative speakers and serves as a launching pad for Republican ideas, Lipson said. The Kennedy and Carter libraries in Boston and Atlanta attract liberal speakers and serve as staging grounds for liberal causes, he said.
The University of Chicago’s Kalven Report mandates that the university may not tie itself to political or partisan causes. Hitching the university to Obama’s legacy would do just that, Lipson said.
College Republicans President Jacob Rabinowitz agrees with Lipson that while presidential papers are appropriate for a university, “Presidential libraries have a consistent history of becoming bases for partisan think tanks and anonymous funding.”
Lipson has made his case to the university president, provost and his fellow professors — many of whom are Obama’s close friends, neighbors and donors. So far, Lipson admitted, he is a minority of one, unlikely to stop the inevitable library. “This thing is baked in the cake,” he said.