Has anyone been watching the HBO special on John Adams? It's one of the best miniseries I've ever seen. The authenticity of conditions of the late 18th century, the acting by all the actors is GREAT, the dialogue is riveting. Last night's episode focussed on the time Adams spent in Paris, England (the meeting with King George was intense), and his return for his and Washington's innauguration...Amazing special effects for the crowd. My favorite part was when Adams came off the boat to be welcomed by his new country, with the flags waving and the people cheering his efforts. I couldn't help but notice how far away we are from the class of men who chose politics for purely patriotic reasons. Men like Adams, Jefferson (great character in the show!) and especially Washington who saw national service as a commonly understood duty. GW was a god among ordinary men. While these men were relatively wealthy, they sought out no financial reward for their service. Such a far cry from what we have to swallow today.