Bill de Blasio Will Fight to Bring the Obama Library to New York

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty) Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Mayor Bill de Blasio has some very presidential ambitions for New York City.

The Democrat told reporters today that he’s willing to duke it out with Chicago to land President Barack Obama’s future library and museum.

“I think Columbia University is a perfect place for President Obama’s museum,” Mr. de Blasio said at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn. “We certainly have made an effort and we’ve certainly let the Obama team know we are exciting about getting it and we’d do anything we can to be helpful.”

“You know the president went to Columbia,” the mayor, who earned a master’s degree from Columbia University, continued. “He has a real affection for the city and we obviously can guarantee not only a lot of support for such a museum but a huge number of people from around the world would be able to visit it.”

Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Obama are the same age but did not attend Columbia at the same time. Both Chicago, Mr. Obama’s adopted hometown, and New York are in the running for Mr. Obama’s presidential library, according to reports.

Columbia first announced its intentions to make a bid for the library in January. While Chicago is viewed as a front-runner, New York’s standing may have increased when a recent Politico story revealed Mr. Obama has interest in moving to the city after his term ends in 2016.

Mr. de Blasio said he is willing to do what it takes to make New York the front-runner.

“We don’t give up easily, so we’re hopeful,” he said.