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Obama's Night Trip to Rushmore

Sen. Barack Obama views the presidential carvings at Mount Rushmore, near Keystone, S.D., May 30, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Keith B. Richburg
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Sen. Hillary Clinton may have gotten there first, and scored the photo-op next to Mount Rushmore. But when Sen. Barack Obama made the trek late Friday, he arrived at night, giving him a stunning evening view of the illuminated memorial.

And his visit was not even on the itinerary.

Obama and his entourage, including the traveling press contingent, landed in South Dakota late, after an evening rally in Montana. The candidate was scheduled to retire to his hotel, and the assembled press decided to take the press bus, stacked with coolers of beer, on the 30 minute drive to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, to get there just before the park service shuts off the lights at 11 p.m.

But at the hotel, Obama learned the press was sneaking away for sightseeing and said, "I want to go, too," according to an aide. So his motorcade made the impromptu drive -- and park service rangers were alerted only minutes before the VIP guest arrived.

Ranger Wesley Jensen gave Obama the basic background of the historic monument, and the senator turned to the reporters and asked, "What do you think, guys?"

A reporter asked Obama if he'd like to see his own image there one day carved on the mountainside.

"I don't think my ears would fit," Obama replied. "There's only so much rock up there."

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Senator Clinton is going to make a great president. Can't wait for January 20, 2009 when SHE is sworn in and Obama is still talking about getting the most votes. The Obamas are like cockroaches, they just don't go away.

Posted by: Properly Corrected | June 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear ohmylands,

Your little display of your own personality is also representative of Obama's. Say one thing in the beginning then do another in the end.


Posted by: True Colors | June 2, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Senator Obama got to visit Mt. Rushmore. I lived in SD for thirteen years and never got tired of the wonderous sculpture. Now, it's time for Mr. Obama to make a necessary and appropriate trip to Iraq, Afganistan, and visit with our allies in the ME and be brought up to date on the situation on the ground. It will be important to his general election plans and his further plans as President of the United States to become as familiar as possible with the people and situations he will have to deal with next January. Glad he enjoyed the scenery, now it's time for desert scenes.

Posted by: Harold F. Crockett Jr. | June 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I love this story. It points out one more time that Senator Obama is a real person. He has not been tainted by Washington or bigots and he remains spontanious, hopeful, and has "gotten over himself". He will make the BEST PRESIDENT this United States has ever had. God willing and the Clintons dirty work stops.

Posted by: fashionmav | June 2, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

i believe we are all one in the lord i see obama as the right preson to gov'americia let as give him a helping hand to achieve and to make USA a better place for us all thanks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by: prince duke | June 2, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

I guess Obama has learned. Earlier in the campaign he lost it when columnist Maureen Dowd made fun of his ears. Now he has learned to make jokes about his own quirks. That is something he has to do to survive.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Why are you looking at the GOP website? You a republican?

Senator Obama is going to make a great president. Can't wait for January 20, 2009 when he is sworn in and Hillary is still talking about getting the most votes. The Clintons are like cockroaches, they just don't go away.

Posted by: Carolyn Grace | June 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: prettierthanyou | June 1, 2008 1:24 PM :
you quote another poster"I'm a middle class, working, white female, over 50 who supports Barack Obama."

and the you say 'Obama is a phony -- and *you* are another.'

Why? I'm another 'same-as-above" and I don't think I am a phony.

Posted by: letsbepeaceful | June 1, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Ha, Obama is a "phony", you say? What an incredibly easy and ambiguous insult to level at a candidate whose meaningful faults you neither find nor believably construct/back up.

I suppose you would belong to the category of people who rock back in forth in the fetal position crouched in a corner of their frightened mind's stubborn annals, chanting over and over again "He's a Muslim! He must be! HE MUST BE!"

Posted by: ohmylands | June 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama did.

He copies everything Hillary does.

Posted by: Never Obama | June 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a middle class, working, white female, over 50 who supports Barack Obama."

Obama is a phony -- and *you* are another.

Posted by: prettierthanyou | June 1, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If Obama decides to convert to Catholicism, I wonder if he'll be criticized because the Rev. Michael Pfleger is Catholic.
Sterling Greenwood
Aspen Free Press

Posted by: Sterling Greenwood | June 1, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Love this story!

Obama is such a unique individual. High intelligence, kindness, compassion, common sense, integrity and a great sense of humor.

I'm a middle class, working, white female, over 50 who supports Barack Obama.

Go Obama!

Posted by: Margaret | June 1, 2008 4:20 AM | Report abuse

We are going to be in for a momentous time beginning very soon.
He is going to defeat McCain in November and 4 years his leadership will give us something to be very proud of.

Just think of the doubts surrounding FDR in 1932. And then think of the change he brought to us and the good his leadership did for our nation.

But remember, there was plenty to be scared of when he was the candidate. There was plenty of UNCERTAINTY. Just like now.

And we got over it. Well, most of us got over it.

Posted by: jatox | May 31, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Very funny reply by Obama... not enough rock up there for his ears to fit... LOL

Posted by: NoVA Dem | May 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

have you seen the "obama" clock on the gop website?

Posted by: tomabrahams | May 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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