Since President Franklin Roosevelt gave his dedication speech in 1936 at Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum's masterpiece has proven, in the words of the late President, "a monument and an inspiration for the continuance of the democratic-republican form of government...something for the American people that will last..."
Having brought America out of the most tragic economic conditions in its entire history through his New Deal programs and having carried the U.S. through perhaps the most devastating war in global history, FDR deserved his four terms in office as Commander-in-Chief and deserves recognition on Mt. Rushmore as one of the Presidential "greats."
More recently, President Barack Obama, having implemented heavy economic reforms during his first term, helped to prevent a second Great Depression. He brought transparency back to federal government, much as FDR had in his Fireside Chats. President Obama championed the civil rights of those, whose civil rights had previously been largely ignored. Finally, he brought about the end of a war, that had been needlessly prolonged by Republicans in the federal government for over 10 years and strengthened our international alliances.
These two Presidents share many qualities with one another and will live on within the hearts of Americans for years. They deserve our permanent commemoration in Mt. Rushmore; I urge you to approve their addition to the national memorial and to hire sculptors to begin working as soon as is feasible. Thank you.