Amazon entrepreneur and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos contribute $5 million to Barack Obama’s Chicago memorial. He also wants to name the plaza in front of it after someone else. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has pledged $100 million to the Obama Presidential Foundation. Bezos, one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, requested that Rep. John Lewis’ plaza in the heart of the city be named after him. The gift is the foundation’s largest single contribution to date.
Lewis was well-known for having a steel plate in his skull due to his beating while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. He went on to become a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a long-serving congressman. However, he destroyed his moral stature by making bogus racist claims.
Moreover, Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to anyone who could film an anti-Obamacare demonstrator using the N-word on tape. Nobody was able to claim the money from the wealthy sum, raising suspicion on his honesty.
A branch of the Chicago Public Library will be housed in the Obama monument now under construction in Chicago. A museum tower, a forum, a park, a recording studio, and a children’s play area will be included in the center. There will also be an athletic/meeting center and a “beautiful lawn” on the property.
Furthermore, he claims he couldn’t conceive of a more deserving recipient for this present than the congressman and civil rights icon. “I’m thrilled to be able to help President and Mrs. Obama, as well as their Foundation,” said Bezos.
Based on previous experience with open spaces in front of large structures, the plaza is expected to be quite windy, especially given its proximity to the lake. During Chicago’s lengthy winters, navigating the city with heavy wind gusts may be challenging. If he were alive and able to walk across it in February, it was unclear whether a Southerner like the late Rep. Lewis would appreciate such an area named after him.