Geroge Washington is Governor Bob McDonnell’s favorite president. He spoke of him in his acceptance speech and quoted him during his inagural speech. Strange that McDonnell would chose Washington who was a federalist. Jeff Shapiro of the Richmond Times Dispatch has an interesting take on McDonnell’s hero.
How is McDonnell’s choice of Washington as a favorite president inconsistent with McDonnell’s own principles? Is it possible to admire someone who politically disagrees with us? Or can we evaluate a person in the times they lived, using those standards, rather than our own?