At museums, at the capitol, docents told us the story of Washington
and with amazement told us how in 1783 he confirmed America's path
of democracy by resigning his position as general of the army and
handing power back to the Congress. But you only have to visit the
veranda at Mount Vernon, with its sweeping view of the Potamac, for
his decision to make perfect sense. You can have your political
squabbling in the hot meeting rooms of Philadelphia, he must have
thought. I've got better places to spend my time.