What makes George Washington No. 1?

  • Article by: Kim Ode , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2013 - 10:58 AM

Lincoln has a movie, but Washington has our love – or should, an Apple Valley history teacher believes.

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hughakstonFeb. 18, 13 5:28 AM

I've not seen the Lincoln movie by Spielberg, but after having read some of the reviews and critiques it appears to have some subtle, yet very important factual errors in it. The votes by the Congressional Representatives from Connecticut for example are one of the hotter ones. It's too bad that so many people see this kind of film and thinks it's a quality history lesson, which just isn't so. The producers of Lincoln are highly irresponsible for giving false impressions of history. A person is really better of staying home watching sports or cartoons instead. BTW - I would trust anything coming out of Hollyweird on George Washington.

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hughakstonFeb. 18, 13 6:35 AM

Correction: BTW - I would NOT trust anything coming out of Hollyweird on George Washington

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bracystakeFeb. 18, 13 9:00 AM

If anyone wants to learn more about our first President, I highly recommend the book "Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow. It's long but gives some interesting insight on the thoughts and decisions of George Washington, including details from his youth. This book is also a 2011 Biography Pulitzer Prize winner.

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minnesotachaFeb. 18, 1311:04 AM

When asked after his election what honorific should be bestowed on the president, Washington replied "Mr. President." I think that is one of the most underrated but important things he ever did. It helped set the tone that the president is just one of three branches of government. Can you imagine calling the president "your highness" or something equally absurd?

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ranger1873Feb. 18, 1312:14 PM

”Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.“ -- George Washington. And that is why he was our greatest President. He understood that government's role is to serve, not to rule. If we had more politicians who could see this simple truth, we'd be in much better shape today than we are now.

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valkyrie11Feb. 18, 13 1:11 PM

ranger1873, excellent point. He is the greatest President ever. We would be a Monarchy if it wasn't for him as well.

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owatonnabillFeb. 18, 13 2:31 PM

Does history (or circumstances) make the man, or vice versa? Washington in pre-revolution times was a loyal British officer with an undistinguished military record including a couple of notable defeats. He didn't win a whole lot as C. in C. of the rebels either, though he was a "money player" and managed to suck up the V's when it counted. Most of all, the fledgling America owed a whole lot more to the French than the presence of LaFayette and the French fleet that showed up at Yorktown: Britain and France were engaged in a pretty spirited tussle of their own and the Colonists' rebellion was, in retrospect, almost an afterthought. Had France and England NOT been at war, England could have brought her whole might to bear on the colonies and the outcome would have been much different. Washington owes his venerable title and position in history more to a fortuitious alignment of circumstances than to any extraordinary ability on his part.

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