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President Washington and Pope Francis -- both in the Last Word, Oct. 2

President Washington and Pope Francis -- both in the Last Word, Oct. 2

Washington's Congress

On Jan. 8th, 1790, George Washington delivered our nation’s first State of the Union address. Speaking to the assembled Congress, in New York City’s Federal Hall, he announced all 13 states’ ratification of the Constitution and laid out plans to improve the United States’ credit and creditability. Both his task and that of Congress, he said, “must be ensuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient government.”  Too bad that’s not how we operate today.

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