A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 13, 2009
“George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration”

Presidents often blame the previous administration for current failures. In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama was criticized for frequent “blame Bush” (George W. Bush, the previous president) speeches.

George Washington was the first president of the United States. The saying “George Washington is the only president/man who didn’t blame the previous administration for all his troubles/problems” appears in a 1968 joke book by comedian Joey Adams.


Wikipedia: George Washington
George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731] – December 14, 1799) was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) and the first President of the United States of America (1789–1797). For his central role in the formation of the United States, he is often referred to as the father of his country.

22 March 1967, Sheboygan (WI) Journal, “Cy Barrett Says...,” pg. 36, col. 4:
DEAR MRS. LE TOUR:...George Washington was a great man and the father of our country. He did a wonderful job of running our government despite a monumental disadvantage. With his many problems, there was no way he could blame the previous administration. ... CY

Google Books
Encyclopedia of Humor
By Joey Adams
New York, NY: Bonanza Books
1968
Pg. 395:
George Washington is the only man who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles.

31 December 1968, Panama City (FL) Herald, pg. 4, col. 2:
George Washington was the only man who didn’t blame the previous administration for all his troubles.—Philadelphia (Miss.) Neshoba-Democrat

30 May 1971, Coshocton (OH) Tribune, “Water, Soda Soaking Hardens Fingernails” by Bert Bacharach, pg. 12(?), col. 9:
George Washington was the only President who didn’t blame the previous administration for all his troubles, according to Marvin H. Newman.

18 February 1973, Atchison (KS) Daily Globe, pg. 5, col. 8:
A local historian says that George Washington was the only President who didn’t blame the previous administration for all of his troubles.

Google Books
Proceedings of the annual convention of the Roadmasters’ and Maintenance of Way Association of America.
by Roadmasters’ and Maintenance of Way Association.
v. 86-90 - 1974
Pg. 89:
George Washington is the only President who didn’t have to blame the previous administration for his problems.

24 November 1980, Chicago (IL) Tribune, sec. 2, pg. A1:
Pity poor George Washington. He’s the only President who couldn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles.—Quomleb.

Google Books
HUD management’s responsiveness to inspector general reports : hearings before a subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, first session, March 11 and 12, 1981.
By United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations. Manpower and Housing Subcommittee
Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office
1981
Pg. 65:
Of course, as the saying goes, you know, George Washington is the only President that was not able to blame his problems on the previous administration.

Google Books
The Quotable Politician
By William B. Whitman
Guilford, CT: Lyons Press
2003
Pg. 133:
George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles.
UNKNOWN

2 November 2004, Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram:
George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles—Author unknown.

The Adventures of Katie Jones
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his trouble
Originally posted: January 27th, 2007

Main Street One
Friday, July 17, 2009
Quotes of Note
“George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles.”
Author Unknown

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 13, 2009 • Permalink