Obama hopes presidential library will help train the leaders of tomorrow

The Obama Presidential Center is one step closer to being built. The former president and first lady unveiled the design plans for the center Wednesday.

It'll be a 200,000 square foot campus on the Southside of Chicago. Obama says the complex will have three buildings, a museum, a forum and a library. The former president said, "what we want this to be is the world's premier institution for training for young people to make a difference in their communities and in their countries."

People react to the former president's latest public appearance:

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LOVED YOUNG PPL WHO TALKED WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA.THEY WERE SMART,& READY 2SERVE OUR COUNTRY & ITS PPL.HE IS A LEADER WITH VISION.HES STILL A🌟
Hearing Obama speak for the 1st time since Jan was a jolt. His empathy & good humor with the young ppl was in severe contrast to the present
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"What we want this to be is the world premiere institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their communities, in their countries and in the world," he told the crowd while announcement the plans.

The Obama Foundation says the center will be key in revitalizing the neighborhood. It's expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors as well as create new jobs.

Obama says he will use the center to work on issues like criminal justice reform and education. It's expected to cost $500 million and should be open for business in 2021.

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