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George Washington

Washington is often called the "Father of his Country" because of the central role he played in the founding of the United States. As commander of the Continental Army, he led colonial forces to victory over the British and served as the new nation's first president. He then relinquished that power and retired after two terms, thereby setting a key precedent for republican democracy. What other precedent of the US presidency did Washington set? More...
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On the homepage extract, his cheeks are not as ruddy as they are on the article page. Has he been retouched? He looks like he's wearing rouge on his cheeks! Whistle
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Such military leaders are game-changers. British imperial troops seemed invincible at the time!
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President Washington In a letter to James Madison, wrote, "As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent, it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles."

Among the precedents set by the first administration were an inaugural address, the stoic acceptance of criticism from Congress and the popular press, and the appropriation of authority in the matter of foreign affairs. Washington did not mean to establish a precedent, however, by stepping down after two terms; his reasons for doing so were personal. Washington never understood the necessity of the political parties that developed during his presidency and warned against partisanship.

Some believe that Washington was overly formal and asked any visitor to stand up. He refused to shake hands. It was Washington, however, who established the principle that the president should be addressed simply as "Mr. President". The greatest accomplishment of Washington's presidency might as well have been his establishing a presidency and all the necessary rules and regulations. George Washington established all the rules and regulations. During his presidency George Washington did his utmost to live up to the American people's expectations as their idol and hero. George Washington was a living legend. Under Washington, the U.S. government gained its executive and legislative precedents. The single most important was retiring after two terms. This was a critical mesure for constitutional government and one that had not been forseen by the drafters of the Constitution.

Washington also set a precedent for Executive Privilege.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/presidents-washington/

http://histclo.com/pres/Ind18/washington.html
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All of our Founders were a precious gift of this country and Washington was The Leader.
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Angel Happy Birthday, Mr. Washington. Thank you for your service and bravery.Applause
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Among the precedents he set was to convene a cabinet to aid in managing the new nation's affairs. Two stellar members were Thomas Jefferson, as Secretary of State, and Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury. These two had very different visions of what the nation was to be, and were constantly at odds over policy. Washington had the ability to draw on the talents of these men and blunt their antagonisms.
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Sadly, not even Washington was capable to smother the early partisanship in domestic affairs and the craving of some politicians for meddling in foreign conflicts.
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Some people say that the General would be shocked by how powerful the office of president is today.

Some people say that the Constitution intended that Congress be the most powerful of the three branches.

Some people say that the Constitution intended that the president be more or less only a presiding officer.
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