The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

Time to put Obama’s face on Mt. Rushmore?

National Journal

Perhaps we should wait until his second term begins before carving Barack Obama’s face in Mount Rushmore. Is that asking too much?

The other day, I wrote that Obama has a shot at immortality if he leads the nation to substantial progress on gun violence, the national debt and climate change. My colleague and old friend Jill Lawrence filed a provactive rebuttal today: “What does a president have to do these days to get his face carved into a mountainside?”

There are limits on what Obama can do, Jill wrote, and he “already has notched two or three accomplishments that cement his legacy.”

In other words, break out the chisels!

I had expected conservatives to criticize me for having the audacity to hope for our president’s immortality. And they did. But I was surprised to hear from many liberals, as well as Jill, who think I sold Obama short.

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