Reflecting on Past U.S. Presidents
This President’s Day, join us in reflecting on past leaders whose legacies are still felt today. What can we learn from how the United States has been governed in the past, and how did personal crisis, love, and politics play a role? The documentaries highlighted here will take you on a presidential journey to the past that feels extremely relevant in today’s modern political landscape.
George Washington was the first President of the United States and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. Widely admired during his time and still today, Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College not once, but twice.
With all of these accomplishments, it got us thinking: “How would President Washington’s communication style have differed if social media existed when he was in office?” Politicians in the 21st century are now expected to communicate to the masses through social media – sometimes to the point of scrutiny. Their every word is sent to millions and instantly fact-checked and analyzed across the world. Would the original “father of our country” have been viewed any differently if he communicated in tweets?
Our original, exclusive documentary #GeorgeWashington plays out that exact scenario, as historians analyze George Washington’s voluminous correspondence. Setting out his contacts and letters in the modern framework of a Facebook profile gives Washington’s busy and productive career a new transparency. Watch the film today and tweet about what you think using #GeorgeWashington!
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