Washington’s Birthday

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. 🙂

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to Washington’s Birthday

  1. TM says:

    Today (Feb 22) is the 1st Commander-in-Chief’s actual birthday. I agree with you on all counts regarding his placement as the greatest President of the United States. I recommend a wonderful book by David Currie, “The Constitution in Congress – The Federalist Period”, which discusses Washington’s interactions with Congress. To this day, we employ the policies and procedures instituted by Washington between the executive and the legislature. The man was no mere figurehead. He was a genius and intellect of the highest order. That our Republic has survived and thrived for over two centuries is due in large part to him.

    After Washington? Wow, many T-2’s. In the 20th Century, I say Coolidge, Eisenhower, Reagan. Anyone see a trend there?


  2. DaveO says:

    I don’t know about a trend, but it was a good day to reflect on our living presidents and their impact on our lives: Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hassan Rouhani, and The Donald.


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