Happy birthday to the Indispensable Man!
When asked who in my opinion is the greatest of our Presidents, I invariably answer, “Washington: However, he was such a singular figure that no honest comparison can be made with his successors, even those of the Founding generation. The better question is, “Who is the greatest of our Presidents after Washington?” Then, the answer becomes more difficult.
And without question, while Monticello and Montpelier are very much worth seeing, Mount Vernon is, like its master, in a class by itself. (Pick up a bottle of the General’s rye, if you can– you won’t be disappointed.)
Finally, if you have not read Fischer’s superb “Washington’s Crossing”, you really must.
Oh– and maybe next year for the great man’s birthday, make it a point to pay all of your transactions in dollar bills and quarters. 🙂