FDR initiated the Presidential Library to provide collections of speeches, records, meetings, etc. so in the future researchers, writers of history would have the maximum papers to understand FDR as president, to write contemporary history books, etc. The Library's purpose was transparency for any researcher to understand the mental workings and action steps the President took in leading his country.[Transparency] In 1955, Congress made the Presidential Library a required destination for all presidential notes, laws, etc. It was decided to extend retroactively to FDR's predecessor : Herbert Hoover. So that is a string of 14 consecutive presidents donating all papers generated during their terms, during all their preceding works in public service moving forward in development in their careers. All given freely to be protected and install by The National Archive expert historians. All after-books written about that president go in the library = continual inflow of information - negative & positive. Now comes the Obama Presidential Library, totally different from such historical Presidential Libraries. Obama's launch statement : "I want a place that looks forward not back." Oh, the Obama slight of hand is = this will be the first digitized Presidential Library. The actual papers will never make it to this research library. And no looking back anyway = master disguise. 1) The Obama Library is the first one to opt out of The National Archives as collector and preserver of those papers. 2) Obama and his people in digitizing it will control, alter, propagandize all the info that goes there - as well as what gets filtered out. None of the prior 14 Presidents had a team of transposers tampering with the political product. Nobody will see the transparent generated work-pieces as they occurred. His people can keep out what they don't want known or researched on. So, it is not really a Presidential Library since it is not under the historical auspices of the National Archives. They are creating a fog for confusing the public, any researcher wanting the spilled-out truth is out of luck. Presidential Library experts are labeling this "an institutional bait and switch." A district court has approved the "go ahead" of a lawsuit to refuse the placement of this Obama Library on public park lands like all the other Presidential Libraries. National Archive experts know what's going on here. All past Presidential Libraries admitted books, speeches, writings that were antagonistic to the President that the library represent - that's what allows full disclosure research years down the road. You want your anti-Obama book, lecture to go in this O library? Well just turn it over to Obama's people and they will digitize it for you and put it in (wink,wink). P.S.>> Michelle's arrogant comment set me off on this septic boil.