Magazine October 10, 2008, Issue

The Name Game

Profile of George Washington on Mount Rushmore. (National Park Service)

Experience has been an issue in this presidential election, but it didn’t have to be. We have a number of former presidents right here, in the New York phone book.

There are, for example, three George Washingtons, one listed as George J. (there is also a G. Washington, who may be hiding his light under a bushel). Now since His Excellency served two full terms, there might be questions about re-re-electing him, given the 22nd Amendment. Yet that amendment had a Truman waiver, exempting “any person” holding the office “when this Article was proposed by the Congress,” or when it “becomes

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