What Would George Washington Think of Election Day 2012?: Interview with Joseph Ellis





Joseph J. Ellis, a history professor at Mount Holyoke College, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of numerous biographies, including “Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation,” “American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson,” and “His Excellency: George Washington.”...

What would be George Washington’s thoughts about the 2012 elections?

If by some magic we were able to transport George Washington to the twenty-first century, he would think he had landed on another planet.  As for the presidential election, he would regard it as an unseemly disgrace, believing as he did – as did most of the other prominent founders – that campaigning for office was akin to an act of prostitution that automatically disqualified the candidate for the office of president....

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