September 17, 1796

On This Date in in 1796, the first U.S. President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress. Contrary to popular belief, the first rough draft did not include the phrase “and you won’t have old Georgie boy to kick around anymore, farewell bitches,” and Alexander Hamilton did not cross that out and write instead “Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.” George Washington also did not read this and say, “it is elegant, if wordy. Maybe if I just say ‘Party on, dudes?!” Alexander Hamilton did not shake his head no and look at the President with disgust.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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