George Washington (1789-1797)

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Automatt
04/27/2009

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

“As mankind become more liberal, they will be more apt to allow, that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the Community are equally entitled to the protection of the civil Government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality.”

-- George Washington, March 12, 1790 in a letter "To the Roman Catholics of the United States."

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Strijdom
11/10/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

America's second best president after Ronald Reagan, he set the stage for all future presidents.

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Michael3722
09/19/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Washington is seen as a symbol of the United States and republicanism in practice. His devotion to civic virtue made him an exemplary figure among early American politicians. Washington died in 1799, and in his funeral oration, Henry Lee said that of all Americans, he was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Washington has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.

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Claire9018
09/18/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Another man of honor and integrity, and love for his country. Was offered to be made King instead of President - turned it down cold. Did his very best to mold the office of the President and maintain the dignity of it.

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George Washington (1789-1797) 4

did alot for being first guy in job.

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Michael Jenkins
07/23/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

He was a great president.

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Loerke
07/10/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 3

Washington was a great general but, sorry, not a great president. A bit of a bonehead when it came to anything besides military strategy and land speculation. He managed to preserve the image of being above partisan politics, even politics period, but notoriously gave his ear completely to Hamilton, to the point of alienating Jefferson and Madison so much that they bolted to form their own party. His alleged distaste for partisanship was also compromised by his practice of hosting daily receptions at his home ("levees") for influence-peddlers, a practice he modeled on the routine of Louis XIV, who would assemble the nobility to watch the Sun King rise ("levee"). Despite having Hamilton at his ear, he did little to build up the powers of the national government. As dedicated a slaveowner as one would find in the early republic. But he can be credited for setting good precedents for later generations, even though they were largely empty ones which would be left to Jefferson and Lincoln to break.

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Brenden
06/25/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Father of this country and first full fledged commander and chief.

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myspace-387493239
06/09/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 3

I don't kno much about history, but have respect for our 1st president...though I am aware that he was associated w/ the freemason's, and the illuminati, which tells me that if I use my logic, there is a high possibility that he may have been involved in some "under the radar" things

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GenghisTheHun
05/06/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

He is the man. He rose above his place and times. No Washington, no USA. It's as simple as that. When I wore a younger man's clothes, in the 1950's, the historians were very critical of him. Today, any historian worth his salt, must sing his praises. I remember reading histories and writing in my diary about the conclusions of the historians in 1955. I was 13 at the time and did not have the skills to weigh the writing. I blush today when I read those items, but such is life.

Latter history is very kind to him.

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DLF
05/06/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 2

Horribly overrated, like all military heroes made political leaders. (See Ike.) Let Alexander Hamilton tell him what to do(!), and Adams what to think.

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myspace-30849171
05/06/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Didn't believe in political parties and gave up a crown and titles when they were offered to him. Wise man...

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OceanSoul
04/22/2008

George Washington (1789-1797) 4

Washington recognized that the President is an administrator. Administration is what he busied himself with and accomplished competently. It's too bad his vision of an efficient, non-partisan government did not come to fruition.

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louiethe20th
09/16/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Thank GOD for George Washington!!!

"Of all of the dispositions and habits which lead to prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

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somalicat
03/25/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

 Next to Thomas Paine in my pantheon of the Founding Fathers is George Washington. He persevered even when things looked hopeless with the British closing in, his soldiers at the point of mutiny, and other generals conspiring against him. Yet he managed to lick the strongest army in the world. Nor was he a greedy opportunist. As he said, "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." He was ready to retire and even had to be convinced to become president. If only great men today had such modesty and sense of fairness.

But thre's more. Everyone knows that he owned slaves. George Washington had the CONSCIENCE to know that slavery and freedom were mutually exclusive. Unlike Jefferson who grossly mismanaged his estate and couldn't afford to free his slaves, Washington handled Mount Vernon superbly and was consequently able to free them. He went so far as to write specific instructions so that they be carried through all the way. (He knew his views were not popular.) He wanted the younger ones to be educated and the older ones to be taken care of. Just as he said, "Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse." And he had respect for women too. You gotta hand it to a man who gives his mother the credit she deserves. "All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." 

Not least, this most illustrious George W knew that it is important to "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." Our own George W could certainly learn a thing or two from him.    

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bri719
03/16/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Established a great legacy

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robinfairchild
03/15/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Easily the finest man ever to be President.

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DrEntropy
03/02/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

"If George Washington were alive today, what a shining mark he would be for the whole camorra of uplifters, forward-lookers and professional patriots! He was the Rockefeller of his time, the richest man in the United States, a promoter of stock companies, a land-grabber, an exploiter of mines and timber. He was a bitter opponent of foreign alliances, and denounced their evils in harsh, specific terms. He had a liking for all forthright and pugnacious men, and a contempt for lawyers, schoolmasters and all other such obscurantists. He was not pious. He drank whisky whenever he felt chilly, and kept a jug of it handy. He knew far more profanity than Scripture, and used and enjoyed it more. He had no belief in the infallible wisdom of the common people, but regarded them as inflammatory dolts, and tried to save the republic from them. He advocated no sure cure for all the sorrows of the world, and doubted that such a panacea existed. He took no interest in the private morals of his neighbors...Inhabiting These States today, George would be ineligible for any office of honor or profit."-H.L. Mencken

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Ben999
02/23/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Washington didn’t even want to be president but he knew the country needed him. The first president and real founding father of the country. He was confident the new country could become something great and he was right.   

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Victor83
02/07/2007

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Without a doubt, the greatest of all the Presidents- the father of our country, George Washington. If not for him, it is arguable that we never would have had a country at all. If not for his strength of character and belief in freedom, the United States would have been a monarchy. Further, I am sick and tired of the "slave-owner" criticism of Washington. First of all, Washington and our founding fathers sacrificed personally to get the wheels of liberty in motion. This in turn led to freedom for slaves in the US. Secondly, every major culture in human history has had a connection to slave trades, and the US was not the last nation to abolish slavery. Third, people of African descent on the American continent were certainly not the only people ever enslaved. And finally, Africans were sold into slavery by other Africans and Muslims. Many of these same people still enslave others to this day. Washington was a great man and the greatest of Presidents, period!

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lia2
12/18/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

"Washington was the one truly 'indispensable man.' With his towering prestige, unfaltering leadership, and sterling character, he was perhaps the only man in the history of the presidency bigger than the Government itself.....Although his every move could be deemed a potential precedent binding generations unborn, his foot did not slip once. He made no major mistakes--something that cannot be said of any of his successors.....If we must rank Presidents, Washington, in my judgment, deserves the place at the very top."--Historian Thomas A. Bailey, in Presidential Greatness, 1966.

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billyguns2
12/13/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

A truly great man and great president, who set the tone for what every president should be; too bad many of his successors did not heed his warnings in his memorable Farewell Address, and descended into political back-stabbing. Washington's every act and statement was carefully, thoughtfully, and eloquently crafted; he is my personal favorite of all the presidents, though Lincoln fascinates me more.

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VirileVagabond
11/23/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

It is hard to overstate the importance of George Washington to the survival of the then young United States. Many historians have stated that no other individual could have taken this office at that time. Washington not only had the respect and admiration of his fellow citizens, but also that of his contemporaries in Europe and elsewhere. Nevertheless, his greatest achievement as president was probably setting the precedent of voluntarily limiting the office to two full terms. A gentlemen's agreement that not only helped peacefully transfer power but also stood until FDR decided he was above the wisdom of this understanding, resulting in a Constitutional Amendment to legally limit the office. Clearly Washington is generally (and correctly) considered one of the greatest American presidents. To specifically address many of the prior reviewers who noted Washington's slave ownership, one must always judge people by their contemporaries. Failing to do so results in everyone ultimately being deemed fools or evildoers for who knows what will be considered foolish or evil in the future. With the modern trend of "animal rights", will all pet owners be labeled evil in the future?

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fastd
06/13/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

No George, No country!

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lion in winter
04/28/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

George Washington was one of the greatest men of his time. His comittment to the freedom of his nation, and what he gave and never expected back are truly wonderful. A great leader, and American, who is truly the father of his country.

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George Washington (1789-1797) 5

A brave generall, and a wonderful President, everything that anyone could ask for.

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Ih8rateitall
03/11/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

The general, Captain America, his name is George Washington. Patriot, a real leader, a true American hero.

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geog84
02/03/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Lead America to its independence, strong fedaralist and believed in a strong central government.

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debiscott
01/21/2006

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

he could have been king but stuck to the philosophy of rule by the people.

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Fost
12/17/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Defined the role and refused to become a monarch, how could he not get five stars?

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malmsey71
12/01/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

The only five-star president. He set the standards for all who came after him. His cabinet was a who's who of the Founding Fathers and the American Revolution; subsequent presidents could only dream of having the same breadth of brain power at their disposal. He was a marvelous consensus-builder, who calmly solicited input from his advisors and then cooly made decisions that, more often than not, tended to please all sides of the debate. And he eschewed the party system, knowing the discord it would cause. If only we lesser mortals could have resisted the temptation. Washington was a true statesman, a war hero, and the father of the greatest republic in history. Even among the legends of his age, he is a giant.

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fluffytuffy
08/27/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

I have to give him a big 5 as he was offered to be King, and he said no, and reluctantly accepted being President, that was a very smart move by a man who knew his stuff and set the elected President as ruler of this country rather than an inheirited ruler. And, sorry, he owned slaves, who cares?? I mean, it was bad but the way of the times, just like we all drive cars now, polluting the air, using up all the resources, people 200 years from now will wonder where our heads were at (if they can still breath that is), you can NOT sit and judge people in a different time from your present one, different worlds! Africans at the time owned slaves in Africa, American Indians raided their enemy camps and made them their slaves, lets not get ahead of ourselves and decide that we or he was bad because of it! Heck, women are slaves in most of the middle east countries today, where is your outrage? Where is out governments outrage? There is none.

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Chagoth
07/27/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

He set the precedents for all presidents to follow and it could have been disastrous for the young republic. But he did things right (though even Washington couldn't avoid controversies). Author and historian Larry Schweikart said it best, It's hard to imagine, say, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson setting the same kinds of incredible precedents that Washington set, both for decorum and for efficiency. Adams would have (as he later did) alienated half the country, and Jefferson would have lacked the diplomacy to pull the Federalists along. Washington is the best president in U.S. history.

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Inmyopinion
06/19/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

He should be ahead of Jefferson without a doubt. Probably tied with Lincoln. Without him, there would be no US, none of these other presidents would matter at all, they would probably not have even existed. WE WOULD ALL BE BRITISH AND HAVE REALLY BAD TEETH AND DRINK TEA HOT!!!! But seriously now, the original American Patriot, all of that pride that we all have now, he was the first to have it, and the reason that we all have it now. AND HIS TEETH WERE MADE OF HIPPO BONE, NOT WOOD. He never chopped down the cherry tree either, but everyone knows that.

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MTiger_87
06/07/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

THE Founding Father of this country. What more needs to be said.

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kar54
06/02/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Despite purportedly owning slaves, which was customary at the time, Washington was truly great man. He was the right man at the right time. Slaves, slaves, slaves... GET OVER IT! Every race on earth has been enslaved to another at some point in history. The very word slave comes from Slav or Slavic Slavery is going on in Africa today, wheres the outcry?? Race and racism have become cottage industries in this country, generating billions of dollars annually for the race-baiters. Therefore it will always be with us. If racism were eradicated, there would be no use for the likes of Jackson, Sharpton, McKinney, et al.

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cutegurl
05/01/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

I do not understand why this man is not number one on the list. He led a brand new country recouperating from war and full of opinionated, idiotic hot heads for eight years without killing himself. In addition, he got that country throught the first eight years using a completely new governmental system that had never been used in the modern world. You don't get much more amazing than that!!! He didn't want the power, and that kind of person is the only good leader. He did not abuse his power and he left at the right time. In response to the fact that Washington owned slaves, slavery was a morally and socially accepted part of life, espically in Virginia where Washington grew up. Slavery was not viewed as evil and immoral institution as it is today. It is not fair to blame a man for the views and morals of his day. I'm not defending slavery, just the fact that we can't blame Washington for it. The world has not seen since such a morally guided and righteous leader. Washington was an amazing man, probably of the likes the world will not see again. We owe a lot to the man, especially our respect and gratitude.

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dyannne
04/12/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

A great man. A real leader.

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edt4
01/26/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 2

A slave-owner who is on record as trading a slave for a jar of molasses. Sorry, but he doesn't qualify as a great man to me.

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barbkaye57
01/24/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

A great man. He could have been king and turned this country into a completely different form from what it was. Thank God that our current presidents don't have his power, they certainly don't have his strong ethics. He believed that the government should interfer with the common people as little as possible. He could have taken this country and easily become a dictator. He chose to step aside after 2 terms-great. A great precident for the men who followed him. Others had more terms but it was always understood that it wasn't to become a permanent post for any man. (or maybe someday woman).

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James76255
01/22/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Unselfish. Great leader for a new country.

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hoistman
01/22/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 4

Have to agree with Chalky Studebaker. Heard the same thing, sank those wooden teeth into poor old martha's cherry tree. Or was that he wanted to go to Philadelphia. Anyways gave the dude a 4 for riding the old slave hole once in a while, just like a soda cracker would do.

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George Washington (1789-1797) 4

The first and still one of the best.

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cjun
01/06/2005

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Just a man, but in an age where men grabbed power and kept it, Washington was content to serve and step aside.

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stolypin
11/26/2004

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Established the model for what a president has become, i.e. not a monarch or dictator.

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Chalky
11/15/2004

George Washington (1789-1797) 4

i hear he was a demon in the sack due to his wooden teeth

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bsd987
11/03/2004

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

ShawnMorse, you are a moron. When the war ended, Washington went to the Continental Congress and said something to the affect of, I'm going home now. He did not even want to be elected. He served, set precidents, and did not want the power. He was a simple man. He was the best.

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bibliophile
09/08/2004

George Washington (1789-1797) 4

Washington was not a religious person. He rarely mentioned religion, and was very tolerant of all faiths, as well as tolerant of non-theists. Yet for some reason he is held up as a man of God by so many people, and I can't figure out why.

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guru2djpremier
08/25/2004

George Washington (1789-1797) 5

Extremely important for all the precedents he set. Gave presidential office dignity and power.

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OneHungryMonst er
08/23/2004

George Washington (1789-1797) 3

Not the best president. Maybe a good war hero, but not the best president.

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