Historians have named the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, as one of the best presidents in history. Americans agree, saying in surveys that Obama is the greatest president of their lifetimes. Now, those Americans can visit South Dakota, which honored President Obama with a bronze statue on Saturday.
President Obama statue!! With daughter Sasha!! WOW!! Great work James Van Nyes!!! @VisitRapidCity #dobigthungs pic.twitter.com/mbUNL9bvRi
— Julie Jensen (@JulesSJensen) July 13, 2019
South Dakota’s Hall of Presidents will now feature a life-saved representation of President Obama holding the hand of his youngest daughter, Sasha, at the age she was during his inauguration. The statue was unveiled in a ceremony on Saturday. Local artist James Van Nuys completed the statue over the past two years.
The City of Presidents is located in Rapid City, South Dakota and opened in 2000. The project features statues of U.S. presidents where tourists can tour the city.
‘The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each of the sculptures is privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain a coherent structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain. The City of Presidents is part of the Rapid City Historic District Tour.’
The city is also the home of Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Twitter was delighted by the statue, especially for its inclusion of a young Sasha. Read some of their comments below:
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