If the question had been “Which of the following presidents has the most to learn from the fellow on Mount Rushmore between George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt?” then I might have better understood the results. But that wasn’t the question. The question on this particular 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll asked which president of the United States you’d most like to see added to the mountain face. And Barack Hussein Obama, 44th president of these United States, has so far pulled in 16 percent of the vote.
I also wonder what, from Obama’s first eleven months in office, could have prompted 16 percent of those polled to place him among Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Those four men believed in the greatness of America and all took to the battlefield to fight for it, while Commander in Chief is the first military title for Barack Obama, a man who with every breath is looking to discredit America and destroy any notion of American exceptionalism. Those four men believed in freedom, while Barack Obama trades in control. Washington and Jefferson in particular fought to limit the size, scope and reach of the federal government, while Barack Obama errs on the side of totalitarianism. Washington and Jefferson may have owned slaves and Lincoln may have emancipated them, but Barack Obama yearns to enslave black Americans through the perpetuation of poverty and dependence upon the federal government.
For the most part, the greatness of an American president is decided, fairly accurately, through the lens of history. The four men immortalized on Mount Rushmore have, for one reason or another, established themselves as the greatest in history. Barack Obama, by the end of his first and only term in office, will have shined a light on the failures of leftist ideology, and will certainly be held by disinterested history as one of America’s most profound mistakes.