The Washingtonian: 'Power and Intrigue'


by William Paul Rodgers, Jr.

The Washingtonian is that breed of person who thrives on being in the district chosen by George Washington and in the city designed by Pierre L'Enfant. Washington is the City of Power and Intrigue that embraces the executive, congressional and judicial members from every part of the nation, the diplomats from throughout the world, and those who labor here in other endeavors. The Washingtonian has a relationship with every citizen of the United States and with every citizen of the world.

The Washingtonian admires the commanding presence of the Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court Building, and the other stately edifices that house government operations, the great vista of the Mall, the magnificent monuments that commemorate the heroic figures and causes of our past, the beautiful parks and gardens, and that River of History, the Potomac. The Washingtonian enjoys having a front row seat in witnessing the clash of mighty interests, the resolution of difficult issues, the parades, the demonstrations, the spectacles, and the ever changing cast of nobles and knaves who seek to work their will on the body politic.

The Washingtonian takes pride in showing visitors the famous landmarks and other attractions, and in reciting the stirring history of the region and of the great leaders who have served, and of the dark deeds that have been committed here. The Washingtonian appreciates the great museums and universities, the world-class shopping, the restaurants and lodging, the fabled Redskins football, and the ease of transportation to destinations around the world. The Washingtonian welcomes all Americans, irrespective of race or creed, to the capital, and celebrates with them our American heritage.

The Washingtonian has seen it all, but never ceases to marvel at the unfolding tapestry of life and times in this exciting city. The Washingtonian lives in the choicest spot on earth.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Reader Submission
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