(Photos from the Library of Congress)
In George Washington’s time, a presidential term-limit was an alien idea. If he had chosen to, he could have been president throughout his lifetime, by virtue of his popularity, his leadership skills and his intellect. But he elected not to, deciding to retire at the end of his second term in office. Of course, by then he was already in office for eight years, dying two years later. And being a general before becoming president, he was already in public office for a considerable period of his adult life. So retirement was perhaps a logical next step. Still, giving up power is a difficult thing to do. But he did, making him all the more admirable. He may have some shortcomings, but wisdom is not one of them.
In a separate note, your RhodiaDriver is supposed to make a big annoucement today. But we’ve been advised to hold off on it until the “delivery” is made final. So, we beg for your indulgence.