Philanthropist David Rubenstein, center, speaks at the 491-foot level of the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument, after climbing a ladder to the top of the monument's pyrami

 

              Philanthropist David Rubenstein, center, speaks at the 491-foot level of the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument, after climbing a ladder to the top of the monument
Philanthropist David Rubenstein, center, speaks at the 491-foot level of the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument, after climbing a ladder to the top of the monument's pyramidion, Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Washington. The monument has been closed since the 2011 earthquake and half of the needed repairs have been funded by a $7.5 million donation from philanthropist David Rubenstein. The Associated Press had a look at some of the worst damage and the preparations underway to begin making repairs. Stone by stone, engineers are reviewing cracks, missing pieces and broken mortar now that huge scaffolding has been built around the towering symbol of the nation’s capital. Once each trouble spot is identified, repairs can begin.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)