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George Washington, Distiller

George Washington’s achievements as a distiller are at last getting some recognition. That’s nice, but this little detail from the story makes for a grim little coda:

“Mount Vernon Associate Director Dennis Pogue said officials would not distill liquor at the site but would explain to visitors how Washington did it back in the late 1700s. As school children ran around on a class trip, Pogue talked about the careful “balancing act” of explaining Washington’s life to visitors without promoting alcohol. ”

“without promoting alcohol?” a “balancing act?”

Give me a break.


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