Supporters of a North Carolina museum honoring James K. Polk, America’s 11th president, are learning a lesson that’s hitting home at other monuments to lesser-known American leaders: Government spending on their memorial sites is declining, so private money and grants had better be found quickly.
Former President Bill Clinton’s 8,300-square-foot Harlem office near the Apollo Theater costs taxpayers nearly $450,000. George W. Bush spends $85,000 on telephone fees, and another $60,000 on travel. Jimmy Carter sends $15,000 worth of postage — all on the government’s dime.
While the city’s most popular destinations, like the Washington Monument or the Jefferson Memorial, attract thousands of visitors each year, DC is home lesser-known historical sites that are just as interesting.
President Barack Obama is meeting with about 25 wealthy donors who each contributed $35,800 to his re-election effort.
Just imagine JFK riding a robot unicorn on the moon, Thomas Jefferson punching out gorillas, Ben Franklin battling Zeus in the sky, or Teddy Roosevelt hunting Sasquatch with a machine gun — these are some of the magical, weird, and fantastical images that Jason Heuser produces.