"Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country."
- George Washington's "Newburgh Address," the speech where he first refused to be king
He is a celebrated American general, who lost more battles than he won. Like America itself, he allied with the British to fight the French, and then allied with the French to fight the British. And he wanted to be a political leader, but turned down the chance to be a king.
George Washington before the Revolution