Happy Birthday, George: A Presidential Quiz

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Our first president, born on February 22, 1732, led the Continental Army against the British.  (Photo: Baltimore Sun)

Obama selfie

Our current president, shown in selfie, aka “narcisstick,” mode, has led from behind on many occasions.  (Photo: BuzzFeed)

On the Anniversary of George Washington’s birth, let’s contrast three statements from our selfless first president with three from our selfie president. It’s pretty easy to guess who said which.

  • To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
  • If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do.  (jjreview.com)
  • The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
  • But I think it is an imperfect document, and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture, the Colonial culture nascent at that time.  (newsmax.com)
  • Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
  • We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.  (WashingtonCBSlocal.com)
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