The Father of our Country, The First President of the Untied States and proof that we once had presidents named "George" who did not have their heads embedded deeply in their own asses.
Washington has reached a true iconic status. Being the first something or other often gets the man lost in it all. Being that he was President over 200 years ago, before audio recording or film, makes him seem even more distant and unknowable.
But I have faith he must have been an alright guy.
A well-to-do land owner, Washington had more to lose fighting the British if he lost than he could gain if he won. Something besides monetary gain or comfort obviously made him devote so much to us...and we weren't even a country yet.
A sure measure of the man was, after winning the Revolutionary War with England, King George III was heard to wonder what Washington would do. Rumor had hit that Washington was going to return to his farm. The King stated that, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world!".
Admiration like that from your enemy speaks volumes, I think.
It rang for several hours on George Washington's birthday. When it was over...it was over.
P.S. This is also the 250th post for this blog. Thanks for reading. I hope you'll be back, my head's not empty yet.