The University of Chicago Medical Center has plans to tear down former President Ronald Reagan’s Chicago childhood home to make way for President Obama’s presidential library parking lot, Newsmax reported today.
Back in December 2012, it was reported that the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Hawaii held interests in who will be hosting the library that will hold the records from President Obama's administration.
Now, it appears that the University of Chicago and the city of Chicago have made up their minds to destroy the early Reagan home at 832 E. 57th Street, and take the lead in hosting the library.
However, some theorize that this move is politically motivated to remove the mention of Reagan from the Chicago landscape, known for its hardcore liberal politics.
William Kelly of the Washington Times said, “Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move?”
Considering that Chicago is a bastion of liberal politics, it appears that it is politically motivated.
“First Lady Michelle Obama and the president’s close advisor Valerie Jarrett are former top executives of the University of Chicago Medical Center. President Obama was a lecturer at the law school for twelve years. And let’s not forget, Obama’s Hyde Park home is here too,” Kelly said. It is safe to say that Democrats don’t want any reminders of a Republican president named Reagan and his glory days a stone’s throw from a future Obama Presidential Library.”
Some of the comments on Kelly’s story presented disdain that President Obama would desecrate a former President’s childhood home.
Leslie from Florida said, “I cannot believe President Obama would not have respect for former President Ronald Reagan's childhood home! This home is invaluable American history, and to desecrate it by turning it into a parking lot shows utter disrespect for a previous president.”
Deanks, a retired Minister said, “No doubt they will one day gold plate Obama's potty chair and display it in the Heart of Chicago but the President [Reagan] who was primarily responsible for bringing an end to the cold war will be relegated to the dark corner archives by the liberal media and historians.”
Regardless of the outrage by many people, Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan and Academy Award winning actress, Jane Wyman, said today that he doesn’t care about the home in Chicago and that people should support his father’s boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois.
He said, “Chicago home didn’t mean squat to my father. Please do support his boyhood home, [Dixon, Illinois], I do and so did my father.”