Late on the afternoon of Election Day, James Renwick Manship joined the assembly of Tea Party supporters outside the Capitol. He wore a cravat, a powdered wig, a tricorn hat and a brass-buttoned coat in the blue and buff colors of the Continental Army. Such is the standard attire of his vocation portraying George Washington.
Clasping a replica of a 1775 flag, which bore the credo “Appeal to Heaven,” Mr. Manship proceeded to read aloud the Preamble of the Constitution. An ordained minister and a Navy veteran, Mr. Manship had also prepared a sort of concordance for the Preamble, connecting its language of justice, liberty, defense, tranquillity and so on to verses in the Bible.
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