For President's Day Weekend:
GWB compared to some lesser Presidents
#1: Two Georgies: One honest and the other....
Historians tell us that George Washington never said "Father I annot tell a lie..."He did, however, tell the truth when it came to foreign affairs: he did not want any more wars and took the steps necessary to keep the U.S. out of foreign conflicts. For example, he composed a Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793. He also favored a strong central government, a national bank, and an effective tax system.
He was also strong supporter of complete religious toleration. Once when hiring men for a construction project at Mount Vernon, he voiced what kind of workmen he wanted: "If they be good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa, or Europe; they may be Mohammedans, Jews, or Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists." In 1790, he wrote a response to a letter from the Touro Synagogue, in which he said that as long as people remain good citizens, their faith does not matter. *(Wikipedia)
Washington sounded more like a Democrat than anything else.
Our current George has not quite gotten the hang of telling the truth while in office. He was certainly blase about not being able to find WMDs - the premise about which we went to war in Iraq:
So, there you have it: the First George tried desperately to keep us out of war, while the last one tries desperately to keep us in it.
* Can you imagine George II saying this in front of his good friend and advisor, Pat Robertson?