Mt. Rushmore Redux

Jazz Shaw poses an interesting question: What if the Mt. Rushmore monument hadn’t been built yet? Who would be on it now? Or could it even be built today?

Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln would surely be on the rock. Who would get the fourth space? Would Reagan replace Teddy Roosevelt? Some folks might want JFK or Barack Obama (first black President and an Nobel Peace Prize same as TR). Mr. Shaw suggests Dwight Eisenhower. I’d guess that there would be a big push for FDR, and I think a case could be made for Andrew Jackson.

Still, I’d bet that it probably wouldn’t be built. The thought of the environmental paperwork reminds me of this joke:

God comes to Noah and says, “There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that I’m going to destroy the world with a flood, but you and your family will be saved on the Ark you will build. The bad news is that you have to do the paperwork for the EPA.”

Imperial Motorcades

Mark Steyn has a piece over at National Review Online about the relative life styles of the rich and famous—in this case the U. S. President v. European royalty.  One point he makes is that President Obama’s 40-car motorcades are over the top.  He suggests that something on the scale of President Coolidge’s motorcades would be in order.  Here’s a picture of one of Silent Cal’s:

There are two, count ’em, two vehicles in the entourage.  Perhaps that is a bit skimpy. FDR had five vehicles in his typical motorcade.  The closed car to the rear appears to be a communication vehicle. Note the radio antenna on the fender.

President Eisenhower typically made do with four vehicles.

I’d like to see the President cut back, and Coolidge’s level of ostentation would be great, but I’d be willing to settle for motorcades on the scale of FDR’s and Ike’s.