Friday, February 22, 2008

Just Words? Celebrating George Washington's Birthday

Today is George Washington’s Birthday, still America’s greatest President. It's a good day to re-read Washington's Farewell Address, and remember his words, "Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism . . ."

Since we have lately been discussing political wives, we offer you this link to an excellent group of short articles on George Washington, a perfect quick read for February 22. They were written by Congressional wife Anne Petri, a successful lawyer with her own career. There we find this quote by celebrated jurist John Marshall, on the death of Washington, "The hero, the sage, the patriot of America, the man on whom in times of danger every eye was turned and all hopes were placed, lives now only in his own great actions, and in the hearts of an affectionate and afflicted people."

I hope you will be celebrating George Washington’s Birthday. Baker’s Square has some pretty good cherry pie, the traditional treat. Think I’ll call a friend.


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