1999 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

Fourth Grade Winner
Casey O'Malley
Homeschool, St. Paul, Minnesota

To The Nation: From George Washington

We have walked straight,
not taken any detours, on the road of success.
From automobiles to astronauts
we have taken credit and first prize.
I am glad to see, my country stand tall and pursue its dreams
of better medical aid for those with serious diseases and schools for all.
We stick out in the world because we are original,
and desire freedom as an everyday right for all people.
We do not judge people by the color of their skin,
or the nationality of their birth.
I am overjoyed to see this country live and prosper.
The original thirteen colonies have nearly quadrupled to fifty,
along with our country's greatness.
One thing I urge you:
Carefully decide whether to strike out in war
or to debate with peace.
Though I was a general myself,
I wish that this country was more peaceful,
a windless lake instead of an ocean hurricane.
I still am amazed at the interventions and progress
this country has brought forth.
I tried to think ahead when I was president,
But I was not prepared to even imagine the wonderful success
of the nation that I founded.