Here’s a toast to. . . .

When Benjamin Franklin was the emissary to France, the British Ambassador led off with a toast to his king.  “To George the Third, who, like the sun in its meridian, spreads luster throughout and enlightens the world.”  Not to be outdone, the French minister declared “To the illustrious Louis the Sixteenth who like the moon, sheds his benevolent rays on and influences the globe.”  Finally, Franklin rose and lifted his glass and offered “To George Washington, commander of the American armies, who – like Joshua of old – commanded the sun and moon to stand still and both obeyed.” 

Here’s looking at you, kid. . . .  Cheers!

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