What to Expect if You're Going on a Blind Date With George Washington
In the first episode of Presidential, a new podcast by The Washington Post, host Lily Cunningham sets up Library of Congress historian Julie Miller with the perfect hypothetical. Be sure to listen and subscribe; Presidential will explore the legacies of 44 presidents in the 44 weeks leading up to Election Day. http://wapo.st/1JFzu8X
- •He's a total babe.The man was really, really good looking. Wooden teeth and all. Give your friend who set up this blind date a pat on the back.
- •He'll be dressed to the nines.Our first president favored fashionable clothing from England.
- •He may out-dance you.George Washington was "very much a man of the 18th century," a gentleman whose social graces were of the highest order. Prepare to be impressed.
- •He's a pretty emotional guy, which can be charming.But that also don't means get on his bad side. He had a temper when it came to people who owed him money.
- •He'll tell you you're out of his league.Washington was often open about his own self-doubt when it came to the presidency, and was rather insecure when it came to his qualifications. But the public loved his modesty.
- •He very well may ask you to go Dutch.Washington was not a particularly rich guy.
- •He'll jump in front of a runaway carriage for you if need be.The man exhibited fearlessness "to an astonishing degree."
- •He may pick a fight with a guy who looks at you the wrong way.Washington tended to instigate a lot of trouble.
- •If you've got money, expect a second date.Washington was calculating in a sense when it came to his marriage to Martha. "He didn't marry Martha Washington just for her money, but he married her for her money," as Miller puts it.