Obama- sand sculpture Mount Rushmore imitation

This one takes the cake.

At the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, they will have pictures of such American icons as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

Apparently President Obama has such a high opinion of himself that there is also a sand sculpture of him, erected at the DNC at the EpiCentre entertainment complex, seemingly in imitation of  Mount Rushmore. It consists of 15 tons of sand trucked in from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Credit QCity Metro

This raises interesting questions, such as how much must this have cost?  What was the effect on the beach, environmentally?  And how big an ego do you have to have to try to imitate Mount Rushmore while you are still a sitting president?

Let the jokes begin! Shovel ready job, house built on sand, no graven images, etc…

Update: Looks like we raised a good question about the sand removal.  The Morning Spew reports that back in 1998 the Army Corp of Engineers spent $60 million of public money to put sand back into the beach! 

I would want to know how 15 tons of South Carolina beach ended up at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, NC.  It’s also puzzling that Democrats, who consider themselves bastions of environmental policy, would actually think that digging up a beach for this purpose was a good idea, especially when beaches remain a fragile habitat for many types of endangered wildlife.

Since the original 1998 replenishment, the beach was replenished in 2009 as well in order to protect people and property from storm damage along the shore. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, it is scheduled to continue to be replenished with Federal, state and local money through 2046.  

We will let you know when we track down exactly where the sand came from in Myrtle Beach.

Update: 

We earlier noted that there was a report the sculpture was being taken down. From what we can ascertain at this point, there was a sculpture  being built in front of the Ritz Carlton around the corner from where it is now. They had been working on it for weeks.  A couple of days ago, they decided it needed to be taken down for “security reasons”.  That is a different one than this one (perhaps even more sand!).  So as far as we know at this point, this one  is in fact still up. Thank you, Sister Toldjah!

Update:

Just couldn’t resist posting, courtesy of Lyby, a commenter over at Free Republic.

Don’t build your house on the sandy land
Don’t build it too near the shore
Oh it might be kind of nice
But you’ll have to do it twice
And you’ll have to build your house once more
You better build your house upon the rock
And put a sure foundation on the solid spot
And though the storms may come and go
Peace of God you’ll know.

Update:

The finished creation!  They added the chair today. Seriously. #Eastwooding.

Update:

Again, can’t make these things up! Sand Obama is no more! A torrential downpour hit Charlotte this afternoon and washed it away, according to the Washington Times. No joke, apparently.

We should note that apparently this sculpture was sponsored by Myrtle Beach, obviously with the hope of improving tourism. The team that put the sculpture together was reportedly Team Sandtastic. We are sad for Myrtle Beach that this happened, and hopefully, they have another option to advertise.   Hopefully, also, that means that someone had some sense about where the sand came from.

Update 65 in the continuing saga of Sand Obama:

Reports of Sand Obama being washed away were somewhat exaggerated. He is damaged, but still lives, dented and in need of repair. Kind of like the President himself.

Update:

Nope, not messianic at all. PR photo below:

Update:

For those who think there wasn’t DNC involvement in this, think again.

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47 responses

  1. All I can think of when I look at this is when Saddam Hussein’s statute came toppling down in Iraq. This is what dictators do – built statutes of themselves in their own honor. It’s extremely disturbing any American would think this is ok here. :-/

    September 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    • *statues (x2), not statutes.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • heidi

      the article clearly states that the city of myrtle beach had the sculpture done. not obama.

      September 2, 2012 at 4:47 am

      • SO ?! I can’t imagine Ronald Reagan or Ron Paul permitting such an act of idolatry in his name. Romney? Don’t know, don’t care.

        September 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    • Citogal

      First, Obama didn’t commission this, the Myrtle Beach Visitor’s Bureau did this without the DNC’s permission – they also did it for the South Carolina Republican Debate in Jan 2012. Second, this proves this website has absolutely ZERO journalistic integrity, because it was very easy to find the flip side via a simple search. If you want the truth, it ain’t here.

      http://www.myrtlebeach.com/blog/post/gop-presidential-debate-massive-sand-sculpture-welcomes-candidates-to-myrtl/

      September 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

      • Thank you for your opinion, but the article specfically states that this was Myrtle Beach sponsored. There is nothing at all to indicate that this was not DNC approved; it would beggar sense to believe it was not. (edited) In fact, the DNC MyrtleBeach twitter site has indicated their participation in organizing this. So that seems to answer your question. You can see in the article the posting of the picture with the “empty chair” is “DNC Myrtle Beach”-check the profile, which means it is not just Myrtle Beach but also the Congressional Black Caucus Institute behind the organization.

        The GOP scupltures were group shots, not messianic in their nature nor were they made with beach sand.
        It is of course a matter of opinion as to it being “messianic”.
        But we’ll leave it to readers.

        http://gma.yahoo.com/photos/photo-of-the-day-slideshow-slideshow/image-distributed-visitmyrtlebeach-com-photograph-taken-ap-images-photo-175807348.html

        September 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      • Citogal – Even *if* your argument was entirely true in every aspect, you miss the point. I’ve seen videos of children singing praises to/of Obama. And now a calendar likening him to the Christian messiah. He issues dictates in very unconstitutional ways in an abuse of power. He puts his own image and name on everything he can. He behaves similarly to dictators. And worst of all – Democrats encourage it. They undermine the very values on which this country was born and for which so many have died over the past few centuries. America is not about the man at the top. It isn’t about elitism and political power. It’s about freedom and equality. Democrats cry “equality” and yet propagate political and intellectual elitism – hiding their own wealth while demanding opponents give away theirs. Obama revels in the glory at the expense of the safety of Americas who actually protect and build this country.

        On a side note, there’s more journalistic integrity on this website than any MSM channel in existence. Your insult detracts from your argument and only serves to prove your agenda and bias.

        September 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      • Crazy leftists, do you really think have any real estate left in the journalistic “integrity” department? LOL

        September 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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  3. Madame deFarge

    Creepy, indeed. It looks like any number of African despots. Maybe the DNC should ask their Muslim friends to add on a prayer for rain during their 2 hour opening prayer session to be led by the radical Imans . The Left is becoming more biizarre every day. We really do have to let then go.

    September 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    • Madame deFarge

      Let them go…

      September 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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  10. Lara

    I read another story from Wednesday that a sculpture meant to be a “welcome to Charlotte” was scrapped while being built due to ‘security reasons.’ Not sure what threat a sand sculpture presents, but whatever. It’s a weak excuse. Anyway, is this a separate sculpture from that one or are they one in the same … which means it’s been removed?

    September 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    • Good question. From what I can ascertain, they originally were building it for weeks in front of the Ritz Carlton, which is around the block from where it is now. But then it was removed for the “security reasons”. This is a different one.

      See above update.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      • Lara

        Thank you! That makes more sense. Sorry if your update was up before and I missed it.

        September 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  11. OldManC

    pic.twitter.com/6IKWJyFF

    September 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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    The empty chair. Everywhere. Until election.

    September 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

  14. Bob

    Looks like the worlds biggest litter box…….

    September 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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  18. A. J. Wheeler

    If the rain washed the sand sculpture away, where did all the sand go? All over the city street, sidewalks and town? What a mess!!

    September 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

  19. They had part of it covered, it apparently took out part of the base that was not covered. Pelting sideways rain damaged the righ side and face, but they are attempting repairs.

    September 2, 2012 at 12:05 am

  20. Ozero needs to hit the sandy road! Go Romney/Ryan America’s economic salvation!

    September 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

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  22. Did anyone notice the “empty chair” next to the sculpture?

    September 2, 2012 at 4:06 am

    • Hehe, yes, apparently Myrtle Beach did that on purpose-see tweet in article-invisible Obama meets Sand Obama, which shows they have a sense of humor.

      September 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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  24. Hey isn’t that ‘No-JOBas the Putz’ ?
    (see what I did there….)

    September 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

  25. G Ken Weaver

    That sand represents the unstable foundation of the entire oubmmer administration; it also represents the freedoms he has stolen from Americans, since the sand itself was stolen from Myrtle Beach after our tax money was used to place the sand on the beach.

    And like the sand eroding away from Myrtle Beach; so does support for the biggest faliure in Presidential history erode.

    Obummer, a failed Presidency of the worst kind; he has dealt a mortal blow to America and our Freedoms.
    America shall recover under Mitt Romney; as, grain by grain obummers administration washes out to sea; gone forever!

    September 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

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  28. Jeffrey Baskins

    It’s a metaphor… Looks good, built on nothing.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  29. Michael Boyd

    Amen!

    September 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

  30. I guess sand is cheaper than manure, which would certainly have been more appropriate. Unless of course, all the manure has already been used during the last 4 years. He can spread that around pretty good. And just who’s face is on this narcissistic piece of whatever it is?

    September 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  31. Dan

    Just a fact check: The visitors bureau for Myrtle Beach, S.C., paid $30,000 to build the sculpture. Obama had nothing to do with it.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    • Already in the article that is was sponsored by Myrtle Beach, read at the bottom. We put that in the minute we became aware of it.

      DNC has to approve everything that goes on there so I don’t think you can say that it wasn’t approved/understood what was to be built.

      Thanks for the post.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

  32. Rafalca

    Who built this statue, and why?
    It was the Myrtle Beach Visitor’s Center, hoping to promote tourism. The DNC had nothing to do with it. Why don’t you come out and say so?

    September 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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