Published: Mon, August 10, 2020

Face On Mt. Rushmore Is A 'Good Idea'

Face On Mt. Rushmore Is A 'Good Idea'

According to the New York Times, the official, who was not named, past year approached the office of South Dakota governor to ask how an additional president could be added to the monument. It turns out that he was being serious.

Last year, a White House aide followed up with Noem to inquire about the "process to add additional presidents to Mount Rushmore", The New York Times reported on Saturday.

"In private, the efforts to charm Mr. Trump were more pointed, according to a person familiar with the episode: Ms. Noem greeted him with a four-foot replica of Mount Rushmore that included a fifth presidential likeness: his".

It looks as though there is a spot to the right of George Washington, which is where the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, initially planned to put Thomas Jefferson.

To be clear, adding another face to Mount Rushmore is not possible.

She continued, "He said, 'Kristi, come on over here". Shake my hand, and so I shook his hand, and I said, 'Mr.

US President Donald Trump sits beside Governor-elect of South Dakota Kristi Noem during a meeting in December 2018.


"I'd ask whether or not you think I will someday be on Mount Rushmore, but, no - here's the problem".

Located in South Dakota in the Midwestern region of the country, Mount Rushmore is one of the USA's most recognisable landmarks.

Ms Noem said she started laughing. We have Mount Rushmore'.

Trump also toyed with the idea of adding himself to Mount Rushmore in 2017 at a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

However, after almost two years of work on Jefferson's face, the surface was found to be unsuitable and the sculpture was blasted off and then carved to Washington's left. "We have Mount Rushmore, '" she told the paper. Noem said that she thought the president was joking at first, but that his facial expression suggested he was "totally serious".

Maureen McGee-Ballinger, the public information officer for the tourist attraction, said workers get asked daily whether any President can be added, and they've heard people suggesting many through the years: Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and even Barack Obama.

Adding another president would also undermine the objective of the monument, she said.

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