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Columbia Gets Obama Foundation Presence; Library in Chicago

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) walk across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House March 30, 2015 in Washington, DC.

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) walk across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House March 30, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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Barack Obama made it official Tuesday: His presidential library and museum will be built in Chicago while his foundation will have a presence at Columbia University in New York.

“Not only will we be able to encourage and affect change locally, but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago,” Obama said in a video with his wife on his foundation’s website. “The lessons that I learned, they’re all based right in this few square miles where we’ll be able to now give something back and the bring the world back home after this incredible journey.”