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.... When King George III heard Washington would resign his commission to a powerless Congress, he told the painter Benjamin West: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
Washington returned home to Mount Vernon on Christmas Eve 1783. Like Cincinnatus, he put down his sword and took up his plow. This simple act made him the most trusted man in America. A few years later, delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 selected him to preside over their gathering, knowing he would not abuse his position to aggrandize himself. And a grateful nation unanimously elected him president of the United States in 1789 and again in 1792, because they knew he would devote all his energies to serving the new nation.
Washington, when convinced that he had done all he could to help the country, retired after two terms as president. True to principle, he relinquished the power that was his for the taking. It was an example of service to the republic, to the res publica, to our valued public things as a nation. George Washington’s example of selfless leadership would inspire Americans and the world to this day.
I always heard it as:
When King George III heard Washington would resign the Presidency and return to the plow, he told the painter Benjamin West: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
... and so he was ....
Hey, Big Abe was a tough sombitch too but President's Day is the for the First Action Hero.
Jefferson -- red (posted: 2/19/2018)
Pretty Words for a Pretty Dude .... but no man of action -- IronConrad (posted: 2/20/2018)
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. -- red (posted: 2/21/2018)