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George Washington

Pardoned Turkeys Often Have 'Short Retirements'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, President Obama is scheduled to pardon one of two 19-week-old, Virginia-raised, 40-pound male turkeys, otherwise known as ...

Election 2012 Aftermath: How About a Code of Conduct for Elected Officials?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Let's hope that the dismal and negative rhetoric of the campaign is behind us and President Obama will use his leadership mandate to usher in a new era of civility in politics.

Predicting Who Will Be a Good President

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Using historical data, we can identify what experience is most important in hiring a new president. While there are no perfectly objective ways to measure presidential quality, it is fair to say that historians' estimates will certainly succeed at separating the George Washingtons from the Franklin Pierces.

Romney Willing to Win Without Honor

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

What Americans want is a president like George Washington. Mitt Romney, by contrast, has shown he's willing to win without honor. He doesn't seem to know Americans won't elect a candidate they believe lacks nobility.

Election Shocker: Chicago Voters Denied Rights

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The importance of the volunteers cannot be overstated. In particular, their familiarity with the quirks of Chicago's antiquated voting machines enabled confused voters to do what they had come to do.

USA: A Meme-oir, Part One

Stanley Bing | Posted 12.22.2012 | Comedy
Stanley Bing

At the dawn of U.S. history, little George Washington cut down a cherry tree and refused to lie about it. Except he didn't. Actually, very little is known about the father of our country, because he did his best to avoid generating memes.

Dining In 1799 At Mount Vernon

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

The house is a microcosm of early American history. The portrait of Louis the XVI in the dining room reminds you of the pivotal role he played in financing the American revolution.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Eat Cheese Mousse To Honor Marquis de Lafayette

Posted 10.01.2012 | DC

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Major General Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who left France in 1777 to join the American Revolution, visited Alexandria on ...

Was Obama Channeling George Washington at the UN?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

To the delegates of countries nervous about Americans' expectations of ever-progressing democracy in the aftermath of last year's Arab Spring, President Obama was echoing, in so many words, what Washington declaimed when he called for respect for every religion.

Washington's Arms and the Stars and Stripes -- Believe!

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
John Tepper Marlin

The American Heraldry Society has worked itself into a lather about the claim that the Washington coat of arms inspired the Stars and Stripes. It argues that records on the design for the American flag don't support this belief.

Citizen's Book Club: What Romney Could Learn From George Washington

Lex Paulson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Lex Paulson

As he neared his third and final retirement after 45 years of service, George Washington drafted the letter we know as his "Farewell Address," a letter from which Mitt Romney could take two important lessons.

What Would George Do?

Robert Strong | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Strong

Democracy in Washington's Farewell Address is a fragile thing. It is subject to the whims of public opinion, to the pull of parties, to the selfishness of generations, to the propensity of humans to make mistakes.

People Who Are Revered In America But Shouldn't Be, For Religious Reasons

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.17.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

To help those people who disagree with same-sex marriage and homosexuality solely for religious reasons, I have compiled a list of figures, both past and present, who are either taught or revered in American history but who are "sinful," according to the Bible.

Did the Founding Fathers Really Want Two Parties?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

One of the enduring American myths we cherish is the two-party system. We must have two parties! To have three parties or more is impossible; to have only one, unthinkable.

If Historical Figures Had Posted on Facebook...

John Blumenthal | Posted 10.30.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Napoleon: Hey guys, has anyone ever been to Elba?

Lying Is the New Truth

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

hose people -- the confused ones -- come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, and political parties but for the sake of argument, and as a nod to the political climate of this GOP Convention week, let's focus on politicians, shall we?

Interfaith Dialogue or Delusion?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

In recent events, vigils and prayer meetings following, marking and responding to the horrific murders at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin there were many who beat the inter-religious/interfaith dialogue drum

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

Sacred Ground: The Promise Of America

Eboo Patel | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

Religious pluralism is at the heart of the American tradition, a value inscribed in our soil from the very beginning. America's promise is to guarantee equal rights for all identities.

George Washington Would Be Appalled

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

At a time when domestic and global problems pose serious threats to the United States, the Republican Party has become the party not only of "less government", but of active hostility to the very idea of government itself.

Happy Birthday To An 'Exasperating Genius'

Posted 08.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Happy birthday to Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French-born engineer and architect best known for his grand design for the nation's capi...

D.C. Celebrates 222-Year Milestone

Posted 07.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Happy Residence Act Day! Celebrate the creation of our nation's capital (and our hometown) with a visit to the newly reopened Jones Poin...

One Hundred Dollars Like You've Never Seen Them Before

Posted 07.13.2012 | Arts

"One Hundred Dollars" features the works of 100 artists, all using a dollar bill as their canvas. Each of the original artworks will be on sale for $1...

Auctioning Off Democracy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

The Supreme Court has ruled. But, in a democracy, citizens rule. We can do that by working with and through responsible elected officials who are committed to reclaiming America for the electorate rather than the elite.