Mount Rushmore – Mount Rushmore Edition
Hey, everyone! Guess what I don’t know shit about? Presidential history! But why should that stop me on weighing in on who I think should grace a Mount Rushmore of Presidents limited to those who have served since construction began on the original monument? It won’t! I’m using the beginning of construction as the cutoff because I assume at that point no changes were going to be made to the design (even though the original plan of carving their upper bodies was ultimately scrapped… Hey! I do know something!) and thus any Presidents who served after that date (October 4, 1927) were not considered. Basically, we’re looking at everyone from Coolidge forward.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: I feel like he’s a pretty big deal. He’s the longest serving President and, if I remember my history right, actually led to the implementation of term limits on the office. He saw us through the Depression and World War II and I’m pretty sure did a whole bunch of other stuff that still resonates with us today (for better or worse… take that up in the comments!).
John F. Kennedy: Probably more popular than he was influential, he is still probably the first President people think of when asked to name one. In fact, I think I saw that on “Family Feud” once. He was the #1 answer. And who is going to argue with the survey?
Ronald Reagan: A wildly popular President (right?) who has become a demi-God to the Republican party since. Another one who, for better or worse, has dramatically shaped the American landscape.
Barack Obama: Leaving aside anything he accomplishes during his administration, the fact is that being the first black President matters. A lot. More than we probably realize at this moment — especially white people — because we are still living in the moment. I mean, JFK is still remembered for being the first Catholic President which wasn’t nothing but surely wasn’t as monumental as being the first black President. His election was historic even if his run in office wasn’t (and the jury is still out on that, obviously).
That’s what I got. It ain’t much, but it’s something. What you got?