Back in the early 1960s, when I was growing up, there was a silly pop song called, "What Did Washington Say When He Crossed the Delaware?" Sung to the tarantella beat of an Italian wedding song, the answer went something like, "Martha, Martha, there'll be no pizza tonight."
Of course, these lyrics were absurd: everyone knew Washington only ate cherry pie.
On that December night in 1776, George might have told himself that this raid on an enemy camp in Trenton, New Jersey, better work. Or else he might be ordering a last meal before the British strung him up. But as the general rallied his ragged, barefoot troops across the icy delaware, one of his actual comments was far more amusing than those actual lyric.s Stepping into his boat, Washington--the plain frontiersman, not the marbleized demigod--nudged 280-pound General Henry "Ox" Know with the tip of his boot and said, "Shift that fat ass, Harry. But slowly, or you'll swamp the damned boat."
Some interesting bits from the Declaration of Independence
"Thomas Jefferson isn't about to start listening to an iPod, with telltale earbud wires dangling from under his three-cornered hat as he walks the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.
But people far from the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia can use their portable audio players to hear costumed interpreter Bill Barker talk about portraying Jefferson or, in honor of the Fourth of July holiday, read the Declaration of Independence."
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