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Commander-in-Chief and chief diplomat - The Galveston County Daily News : Columns

November 28, 2014

Commander-in-Chief and chief diplomat

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 12:15 am

A pamphlet from the National Park Service reads … “Adams followed many of the precedents set by Washington for the office of the President. ‘The great Washington,’” as one visitor called him, set the tone and formality of the office, its boundaries with Congress, and began the ritual of the annual “state of the union” message where each branch of government took its place, but always within the framework of the whole. ... The office of President of the United States was identified by the Constitution in 1787, with Gen. George Washington in mind.”

So who was Washington? As a young man, he embraced and lived by “The Rules of civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversations.”

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