IMHO, his greatest character trait was his ability to give up power. When King George III heard that Washington had turned down the chance to be King of America, he at first refused to believe it, but then when it was confirmed said that Washington was "the greatest character of the age."
And if Washington hadn't retired after two terms, imagine the chaos if every President thereafter ran perpetually for the job, refusing to give up and go home.
Come to think of it, your average Congressperson doesn't seem to have learned anything from George's example.
I couldn't agree more. They practically begged him to be king and he would have none of it.
BTW, my husband and I are having twin boys in a few weeks ... and the middle name of one of them is going to be Washington. :)