Beth and I went to see National Treasure 2 last night. I won’t plug it as anything more than a fun night out–it won’t win any awards, change your life, or revolutionize the movie industry, but it’s an entertaining two hour ride!
At one point the story moves to Mount Vernon, as in the Mount Vernon that General Washington once called home. Did you know that George Washington did not once see his home from the time he left to assume leadership of the Continental Army at Boston in 1775 until he stopped by Mt. Vernon to host a dinner party for his officers on his way to Yorktown in 1781? That’s dedication to a cause! Washington loved his home as much as Jefferson loved Monticello, and his letters home during those war years are brimming with very specific renovation and remodeling instructions to his family, revealing that his house was never far from his thoughts.
In any event, about the movie… At one point Ben Gates & the President of the United States are exploring a secret escape tunnel under Mt. Vernon, and the tunnel closes locking said president in. Obviously the Secret Service are not happy about this and… begin tearing down the stone walls. Which are the stone cellar walls of Mt. Vernon. I think must’ve whimpered out loud, because Beth looked over at me, said, “Are you okay?” and held my hand through the rest of the scene.