Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Washington's Birthday

Powerline has this great post on the occasion of Washington's Birthday (now known as President's Day). It bears remembering how critical Washington's unifying presence was during the formation of our country. The correspondence between Washington and the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island is a wonderful example of the near universal esteem and admiration that Washington had from his countrymen. It's unfortunate that most children today will never learn of Washington's true character, but will instead read only that he was just another oppressive white male slaveowner.