In Quest For Obama Library, Hawaii Plays Underdog

Contrary to popular thought, Hawaii isn't the first thought for Obama's presidential library.

By JOSH LEDERMAN
|  Saturday, Dec 28, 2013  |  Updated 8:41 AM EDT
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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military and their families as first lady Michelle Obama stands with him in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Although Hawaii is his birthplace, it is more likely that his presidential library will be built in Chicago.

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President Barack Obama was born and grew up on Hawaii's shores, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says is part of who he is. Yet in the search for a home for Obama's future presidential library, Hawaii has become the underdog, stuck in Chicago's shadow.

Chicago is where Obama was first elected and matured as a political figure, and many of his advisers and closest supporters call Chicago home.

Hawaii officials say they understand the library will likely go to Chicago. They're hoping if that's the case, Obama will choose to build a presidential center or institute in Hawaii instead.

A high-level campaign has been under way for years in Hawaii, where officials have gently pressed Obama's sister and friends. They've also set aside prime oceanfront property.

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