In a survey of 10 professors teaching in politics-related fields of study, it was disclosed that three of the ten questioned favor sculpting the face of Barack Obama to the other likenesses of great presidents carved on Mount Rushmore, as reported by The Daily Caller on May 27, 2013.
Conducted by the right-of-center student-ran news portal The College Fix, ten professors of both the History and Political Science Departments at George Washington University were asked if Barack Obama should, if ever, be added to the world famous National Monument located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Of the ten, three answered in the affirmative.
Notable of the three was Professor Paul Wahlbeck, the Chairman of the Political Science Department, who states Obama should be added based on his race.
Wahlbeck went on to opine:
History undoubtedly will accord President Obama a special place by virtue of being the first African-American President.
History may have already caught up with Wahlbeck’s prediction.
Despite the national clamor for adding Obama to Mt. Rushmore may not exactly have reached a fever pitch, there already is a Facebook page entitled “Campaign to Put President Obama on Mt. Rushmore!”
The brainchild of Greg Jones, the site boasts of 757 “likes” so far.
As it turns out, Facebook isn’t the the only place that has secured Barack Obama a place on the American landscape:
- Pennsylvania: An international magnet school has already been named “The Barack Obama Academy for International Studies” only two years after Obama assumed office. The Duquesne Duke, March 2011.
- Florida: A street has been re-named “Barack Obama Avenue” in Opa-locka, FL in February 2009 after the city commission “voted unanimously” to rename part of Perviz Avenue and make it official on President’s Day. USA Today, January 2009.
- Florida: There is also a parkway in Orlando named “Barack Obama Parkway” that is about one and a half miles in length that was dedicated by Orlando’s mayor in October 2011. The Blaze, October 2011.
- New Jersey: “A Plainfield public high school for at-risk students has been renamed for Barack Obama, becoming the first school in the state to adopt the change.” The Star Ledger, February 2009.
- New York: The Hempstead Union Free School District board voted unanimously to rename “Ludlum Elementary School” to “Barack Obama Elementary School” just three weeks after he was elected. Fox News, November 2009.
- Wisconsin: The Milwaukee Public School Board voted in April 2011 in a “5-4 vote to approve naming a school after the current president.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 2011.
- California: “The former Qued Charter Elementary School changed its name to the “Barack Obama Charter School” in January 2009 just days before the inauguration. LATimes.com, January 2009.