Okay, so here's where the artsy part comes in. According to the latest righty theories, this probably has something to do with Obama, and with the university hating Ronald Reagan, and almost certainly something to do with Rahm Emanuel. I mean, how could it not?
While the university is planning to kill Reagan’s home, University of Chicago is also aggressively lobbying to be the site of President Barack Obama’s presidential library. […]Wow. Okay, I really have no particular opinion on whether this particular building should or should not be a shrine to Saint Ronald Reagan, the plucky lil' president whose every policy has now been discarded by his own admirers because, c'mon, the guy was so liberal he was practically a communist. Imagining that Rahm Emanuel, Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett are all in a plot to bulldoze the building in order to erase the memory of toddler Reagan, however—now that's old-school, 1990s conspiracy stuff.
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.
This is still Chicago. Barack Obama’s Chicago. Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago.
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.
Better to raze the building now, than later. But do they have the right to erase Ronald Reagan from Chicago history?
I give Darrell Issa two, three weeks tops before he schedules a committee hearing on this one.