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Honolulu News Conference Monday – Obama expert Andy Martin says the University of Hawai’i should renew its efforts to become the host of the Obama Presidential Library, which will be legally and physically distinct from the “Obama Presidential Center” in Chicago

November 20, 2017

Obama expert Andy Martin, who came to Hawai’i a decade ago to begin independent local research into President Barack Obama’s family history, will hold a Honolulu news conference Monday to encourage the University of Hawai’i to renew and reopen its efforts to host the Obama Presidential Library. Andy says recent developments in Chicago have created, at a minimum, confusion as to where the final repository for the original records of the Obama presidency will be located by the National Archives and Records Administration. Andy says UH still has a chance to be the host to Obama’s original records, which will be administered by NARA, because that center will not be located in Chicago.
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Announcement of Honolulu news conference Monday, November 20


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November 20 Honolulu news conference details:


Obama expert and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin encourages the University of Hawai’i to renew efforts to become the host of the actual Obama Presidential Library


Andy says confusion as to where President Obama’s original presidential records will be housed reopens the door for Hawaii to host that center


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Monday, November 20, 2017; 11:00 A.M.

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Andy Martin says the fact that President Obama’s original presidential documents will not be housed in Chicago reopens the question of where they will be maintained

Andy says the repository of original documents will become the “real” Obama Presidential Library

Andy says the people of Chicago and Illinois may have been bamboozled by Obama into believing his “Center’ on the South Side of Chicago would be the “library” mandated by federal law

(Honolulu, HI) (November 20, 2017) Obama expert and conservative columnist/blogger Andy Martin will hold a Honolulu news conference today, Monday, November 20th to encourage the University of Hawaii to renew and reopen its efforts to house President Barack Obama’s original presidential records (“library?”).

“I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say I was President Barack Obama’s original researcher,” Andy says. “I wrote the first critique of his ‘biography’ in 2004 and I came to Hawaii a decade ago and began the first independent scholarly research into his family history. My efforts became the foundation of later work by other writers who, ironically, made my original research ‘controversial.’ My writing was later distorted both by Obama’s supporters, who wanted to control what was the approved version of Obama’s family history, and by Obama’s opponents, who wanted to create am imaginary presidential birthplace in Kenya.

“But unlike President Trump, I never suggested Obama was born elsewhere. I always stated that my research and evidence pointed solely to his birth in Honolulu. I got it right; Trump did not.

“However, I must confess to a ‘conflict’ that existed within me. On the one hand I had to adhere to scrupulous standards of scholarly research for accuracy and impartiality. I think I met those standards. All of my commentary and analysis about Obama has been vindicated.

“On the other hand, I was a political opponent of President Obama’s policies, and that created an inherent tension. But while President Obama’s political mojo is being enhanced by the current collapse of the Clinton dynasty, Obama is no longer in office and the tension between my scholarly research and my political advocacy is now largely dissipated. My scholarly research on Obama, however, continues.

“And I am once again on the cutting edge of pointing to the discrepancy between the ‘appearance’ and ‘reality’ involving Obama, by raising questions concerning the ultimate and ‘real’ Obama Presidential Library (“OPL”) and an imaginary one which is supposedly being created in Jackson Park, Chicago and which has been named the “Obama Presidential Center” (“OPC”).

“Up until President Obama, the federally-mandated presidential library contained the original documents and the artifacts concerning a presidency (please see link [1] below). President Obama has chosen to depart from that model (please see link [2] below) and in doing so has created serious ongoing confusion. He says the OPC will not be the federally-mandated OPL.

“Some time ago the University of Hawai’i (“UH”), Columbia University in New York and the University of Chicago ‘competed’ to host what was thought to be the OPL. We now know that was not the case. The OPC which is being created in Chicago will not be the federally-mandated repository of the original documents and materials maintained by law by NARA (private funding is used to construct the physical library building). NARA’s ‘original’ records are currently housed in a warehouse in suburban Chicago. But where will they ultimately and finally be housed? That location will become as a matter of law the ‘real’ OPL.

“Because NARA has not announced the final location that location is apparently still an open issue or question. Obviously, the voluminous presidential records are not going to remain in the suburban warehouse forever. Federal law mandates that the original records be made available. But where?

“I encourage UH to renew and reopen its efforts to house the original Obama records since they will become in reality the genuine OPL. Of course others, such as Columbia University and even new institutions are also free to ask NARA to house the original records at their universities.

“I return to what I said a decade ago when I first arrived in Honolulu to study Obama. Scholarly research is scholarly research. We try to find the facts and search for the truth. Scholars deal in original documents and materials, not facsimiles of originals such as will be available in Chicago at the OPC.

“To some extent the people of Chicago and the University of Chicago were bamboozled, because the city was led to believe it was surrendering valuable parkland as the site for an actual presidential library, not a ‘presidential center.’

“I question and will continue to question whether the bankrupt City of Chicago and bankrupt State of Illinois should be funding a Potemkin ‘library’ which is not the real federally-mandated library and merely a ‘center’ where facsimiles of originals are available. But entirely apart from how the OPC will function over time, the documents are a physical reality that have to be housed somewhere by NARA. NARA cannot remain mum indefinitely as to the final location of the Obama records. Until the final location is determined, I assume it is an open question where that will be and I encourage UH to reopen and renew its efforts to host what apparently will become the ‘real’ OPL,” Andy says.

“Stay tuned. My relationship with Barack Obama and reality, now fourteen years old, continues. As usual, I continue to seek to find the facts and search for the truth”

To contact Andy in Honolulu: (917) 664-9329


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Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of intelligence, investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, military and intelligence matters. For a full bio, go to:; also see

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also;

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” []. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at and

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