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.