02/14/14 - Mondayâ€™sÂ Topical Currents is a Presidents Day edition, which looks at how George Washington overcame the almost complete lack of specific powers.Â The first President had chaired the Constitutional Convention debates, but realized the Presidency would be impotent without a strong Executive branch. Â With cunning and guile, Washington ignored Constitutional limits and usurped powers not specifically granted, including the oft used â€śExecutive Privilegeâ€ť component.
Â Â I donâ€™t remember being told Woodrow Wilson was my great-great-grandfather. It was a fact I grew up with. A picture of my newborn grandfather, the last child ever born in the White House, being gazed at by mighty Woodrow, hung in the staircase of my parentsâ€™ home.
Beside it was a Wilson campaign poster from which he looked through his iconic pince-nez glasses and over his long, angular nose at me. But the person I was named after was, in many ways, a mystery.