Barack & Michelle Obama announce that they will be personally donating $2 million to Chicago’s summer job program so “young people can get to work.” That’s as opposed to Donald Trump pledging a crackdown to restore law and order by unleashing the feds in the inner city areas.
President Obama made the announcement during unveiling of plans for his presidential library, which will be located on Chicago’s South Side in the historic Jackson Park community.
Obama said, “The programming we intend to start this year. We don’t want to wait for a building because this isn’t just about buildings, this is about reaching out right now. And part of why I’m so interested in getting the programming started, is, as somebody who’s not been right here in Chicago over the last couple of years, whenever I visit I tell people Chicago’s never looked more beautiful. It’s never sparkled more.
And yet if you ask a lot of people outside of Chicago, about Chicago, what’s the first thing they talk about? They talk about the violence. And so what Michelle and I want to do is start now. I’ll give you one example. One of the things we’re going to start this summer is donating 2 million to our summer jobs programs so that right away young people can get to work and we can start providing opportunities for all of them.”
According to a press release, the goal of the Obama Presidential Center is to create a “living, working center for engagement — an ongoing project for the community and the world to shape what it means to be an active citizen in the 21st century.”
Watch President Obama’s remarks:
Former Pres. Obama, Michelle Obama to personally donate $2 million to summer jobs programs in Chicago so “young people can get to work.” pic.twitter.com/0SQJU96wSm
— ABC News (@ABC) May 3, 2017