IMHO there is no greater American or greater president than George Washington.
But for General Washington there would never have been a United States of America.
As president, he set the tone of the presidency and the level of leadership expected of the president. Levels of professionalism, patriotism and conduct that have been honored, for the most part, up until the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Yes, you do not build upon weak or corrupt foundations. But having entered into other men’s labors, those who inherited the business the out the rule book.