From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
MOUNT RUSHMORE, S.D. -- When the traveling press learned we'd be staying near Mount Rushmore overnight, some asked if we could make a quick trip before heading off for the day. The campaign obliged, arranging an early morning bus ride for those interested. Then late last night we learned there was another interested party: Sen. Hillary Clinton.
So Clinton and her entourage visited the national landmark this morning, surprising some tourists who never expected to see the presidential candidate.
"We got fogged in yesterday, and I'm so glad we did," a North Carolina woman told Clinton.
Clinton stood before the four former presidents and listened in as a park ranger explained some of the history. At one point, she was asked if she could one day picture herself up there. She smirked and shook her head as she contemplated whether to offer a quick soundbite.
"I …" she started to say, before throwing her hands up.
"You think Bill Clinton should be up there?" another reporter asked.
"Why don't you learn something about the monument," Clinton finally said, before walking away to greet some more tourists. (AP's photos of Clinton there.)
Later, a reporter attempted to get a quick reaction from the New York senator to some of the claims in former White House spokesman Scott McClellan's book. But Clinton, who has not held a formal press conference in two weeks, ignored the question.