On this day, April 16, 1789, newly elected President George Washington leaves Mount Vernon for New York to be sworn in as the first American president on April 30.

He wrote in his diary:
“I bade adieu to Mount Vernon, to private life, and to domestic felicity; and with a mind oppressed with more anxious and painful sensations than I have words to express.”

So, when I have a setback, like I did today, which will likely delay the release of Our George Washington inauguration-inspired t-shirt, meaning it will no longer coincide with his inauguration date, my disappointment is quickly put in perspective by a statement like that, written in the context of leading a new nation.

That is yet another example of why it is so worthwhile to rediscover Our Lost Founding.

Mount Vernon

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