Off The Beat: How To Honor Obama

Having won a second term in office, the fight over a presidential library for Barack Obama has intensified.

Hawaii, where Obama was born and spent much of his childhood, is pitted against Chicago, his adopted hometown.

Locally, the effort involves the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where Obama's parents met. Hawaii lawmakers are behind the idea. There's talk of building a library oceanfront at Kakaako Makai.

Presidential libraries are important. They chronicle the life and influences of a president and are the repository for a president's papers, records and other historical materials.

But why should we want Obama's library?

Aren't there more appropriate ways to honor the native son who grew up to be the 44th POTUS?

Here are some suggestions. (We're kidding, of course.)

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