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‘The Meaning of George Washington’s Birthday’

Monday is George Washington’s birthday, and it is Washington we should be celebrating—that model of character, principle and prudence.  And there is no better place to start than an extraordinary new collection, “The Meaning of George Washington’s Birthday,” by my AEI colleague Leon Kass and his wife, Amy Kass of the Hudson Institute. As part of their ongoing American Calendar project, the Kasses draw on speeches, stories, and writings about Washington to explore the history of his birthday holiday and follow his career from military scout, to colonial farmer, to general, to president of the United States. In so doing, they make a powerful case for Washington’s greatness, and why he should remain, in the famous words of Henry Lee, “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”


George Washington, the State of the Union, and Presidents’ Day

As the pundits take the next few days to discuss President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night, we thought we’d highlight a new ebook out by our friends at What So Proudly We Hail celebrating the president who gave the nation’s first State of the Union speech: George Washington.


Preparing for Washington’s Birthday

Though we know that this coming Monday is officially the celebration of George Washington’s birthday, it is also unofficially known as Presidents’ Day. We will be celebrating Washington’s presidency tomorrow at the “First Among Equals: George Washington and the American Presidency” event at AEI, so today we’ll honor the achievements of American presidents, past and present, with some book recommendations.


Reminder: Come celebrate George Washington’s birthday with us

Calling all our friends in the Washington, D.C. area: this Friday, we will be celebrating George Washington’s birthday with a panel discussion at AEI. The event, which is open to the public, is titled “First Among Equals: George Washington and the American Presidency,” and will feature an introduction by Amy A. Kass (Hudson Institute), a reading from George Washington’s Farewell Address by Leon R. Kass (AEI), and remarks by Diana Schaub (Loyola University Maryland), Richard Brookhiser (National Review), Harvey Mansfield (Harvard University), and Steven F. Hayward (AEI).