American politics was rough 200 years ago.

This according to Mary McNamara LA Times television critic.

George Washington so quickly tired of the infighting among his Cabinet and vagaries of public opinion that he stepped down from the presidency after a single term.

Those of us who don’t get our history from television melodramas, know that President Washington served two terms. I learned that when I was still very young. Have our schools gotten that bad or the profession of journalism? All those fact checkers and editors the LA Times employs, and not one of them caught this glaring mistake.

Hat tip- Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy. EV quips to one of his commenters who said don’t you know Hanna Montana was the first President- “Dude, Hanna Montana was the first state.” Hey hey.

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