Negro First

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The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning arts critic Mark Feeney has solved the Presidential Library/Pharaoh-ization problem: Make Obama go first!

It’s a position our first African-American President has been in many times before, and why not round out Black History Month by renouncing the building of his all but inevitable Presidential Library?

I agree with almost everything Feeney says about these places – the terrible history, bad architecture, and overall waste of these monuments to would-be greatness.

But why start with the new guy? George W. Bush has yet to announce a design, much less break ground – that one could be strangled in its birth. The Carter Library will be is closed most of this year in order to sink another $10 million into the place.  And despite Feeney’s claim that the Nixon Library finally got his papers in 2007, they are still building,   construction       and the papers are not expected on site until Fall 2009.

The established Presidential Libraries are rotting from within, and could be left to wither.  But why does Barack Obama have to be first?

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