George Washington did not say America should stay out of foreign affairs

George Washington did not say America should stay out of foreign affairs
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As his presidency winds down, we are told that Barack Obama will deliver a farewell address *just like* President George Washington. Well, I know about George Washington. And YOU, Barack Obama, are no George Washington.

The far left Huffington Post told readers that Obama was “inspired” by Washington’s farewell address delivered to the nation on September 19, 1796, when it appeared in print in the Philadelphia American Daily Advertiser.

Certainly George Washington is renowned for building up the very country Barack Obama spent eight years trying to tear down, so it remains to be seen if Obama is going to try to make of himself a modern day Washington. Silk purse from a sow’s ear, comes to mind.

But one of the points in Washington’s farewell address is something many today misconstrue. Too many insist that our first president told the nation to stay free of the “foreign entanglements” that come with getting too involved in the affairs of other nations.

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