Watching "The Revolution" produced by the History Channel has led me recently to reflect upon an interesting phenomenon. Our modern presidents are frequently likened to some of our most notable and greatest presidents. usually the wishful thinking of adoring partisan supporters.
Throughout the 2008 campaign and election, and on into the early days of his presidency, Mr. Obama was compared to FDR, JFK, and Abraham Lincoln.
As it relates the beginning stages of this new nation, which is nothing short of miraculous by several measurements, it has dawned on me that, as far as I know, no other president is bestowed the attributes of George Washington. No other president is compared to him.
George Washington is in a complete class by himself. How was it that this man and the foundation of a new nation intersected? As the program noted more than once, citizens of America and other nations alike expressed amazement that Washington refused every opportunity to seize the nation as his personal domain and empire. He refused every opportunity to ascend to a throne as the first King of America, or to assume control as a military head of state. While he did not refuse to accept the mantle of public service many times over, no matter how reluctantly, he refused to accept any role as tyrant.
If for no other reason than this, George Washington is and will forever be America's greatest President to whom there will never be any comparison. There is none other like him.