ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: Sen. Barack Obama’s tight schedule and fierce regimen doesn’t afford many opportunities to be spontaneous.
But the presidential candidate broke his schedule when the press corps following him took a trip to Mount Rushmore Friday night.
After a day of campaigning in Montana, Obama returned to his hotel room in Keystone, S.D., to sleep. Upon being informed by his communications director that the press corps was making a stop at nearby Mt. Rushmore, the senator decided to tag along in the unscheduled outing.
Half past 10 p.m., a time when Obama is normally retiring to bed, he instead trudged to see the national landmark under a full set of stars.
"There’s something about seeing it at night that’s spectacular," Obama said on his first visit to the site.
Obama was asked if he’d like to see his face on the mountain with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
"I dont think my ears would fit," Obama said, laughing. "There’s only so much rock up there."
Obama’s visit followed Sen. Hillary Clinton’s trip to the landmark on Wednesday.