How/why did they choose the presidents to carve into Mount Rushmore?

7 Jan

When North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died a few weeks back, I marked the occasion in suitable fashion – by digging out my DVD of Team America: World Police. I mainly wanted to hear him warble through the touching power ballad that is I’m So Ronery, but ended up sitting through the whole thing – weird puppet sex and all.

Anyway, in the film, Team America’s operations are based inside Mt Rushmore, and I wondered idly how they picked the four presidents to feature. Fortunately the answer was easy to find –starting with Mt Rushmore.net.

This website calls the monument “the greatest attraction in the US.” But I think that’s a big call to make when you consider Tennessee has the world’s only museum of salt and pepper shakers. But it is impressive, so my hat goes off to sculptor Gutson Borglum, who spent 14 years on the project, until his death in 1941.

Sadly, that was way too early to look at including Bill Clinton, whose legacy cries out for a giant erection memorium. But the four who did make the grade were chosen because they best represented the foundation, expansion and preservation of the US. The National Parks website gets more specific . . .

• George Washington represents the birth of the nation
• Thomas Jefferson symbolises the expansion of the nation
• Abraham Lincoln embodies the preservation of the nation in confronting the challenges of the civil war
• Theodore Roosevelt represents the development of the nation

So there you have it. A nod to presidents in the days when they weren’t, in the words of Dubya himself, so “misunderestimated”.

And one last time, here’s I’m So Ronery.

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2 Responses to “How/why did they choose the presidents to carve into Mount Rushmore?”

  1. philip ciulla July 28, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    OF THE FOUR PRESIDENTS TO CARVE AT MT. RUSHMORE, I WOULD AGREE WITH
    GEORGE WASHINGTON, THOMAS JEFFERSON AND TEDDY ROOSEVELT, BUT DISAGREE WITH ABE LINCOLN WHO CAUSED ADDED DIVISIONS AND THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN A CIVIL WAR THAT SHOULD HAVE NEVER OCCURRED. I BELIEVE IN THE EQUALITY OF ALL MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL RACES
    OF PEOPLE. FINAL SAY, I LET YOU DECIDE.

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