Obama, staff member and a group of reporters made an unscheduled visit to Mount Rushmore late last night around closing time. When asked by a reporter if he ever envisioned himself carved into the mountain, he said, “I don’t think my ears would fit. There’s only so much rock up there.”
Obama said it was his first visit to the landmark.
He expressed curiosity about the filming of a chase scene in “North by Northwest,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint that included a death-defying scramble over Rushmore’s presidential faces.
“How did they get up there in the first place?” he asked ranger Wesley Jensen.
“They didn’t. It was a movie set,” Jensen told him.
“Pretty spiffy, isn’t it,” said the Illinois senator, summing up his overall impressions.