For Sarah Palin, founding fathers are sort of like newspapers also.
BECK: Who is your favorite founder?
PALIN: You know, well, all of them because they came collectively together with so much diverse...
BECK: Bull crap. Who is your favorite?
PALIN: So much diverse opinion and so much diversity in terms of belief, but collectively they came together to form this union.
PALIN: No, and they were led by, of course, George Washington, so he's got to rise to the top. Washington was the consummate statesman. He serves, he returned power to the people. He didn't want to be a king. He returned power to the people. Then he went back to Mount Vernon, he went back to his farm. He was almost reluctant to serve as president, too. And that is who you need to find to serve in government, in a bureaucracy.
Those who you know will serve for the right reasons because they're reluctant to get out there and seek a limelight and seek power. They're doing it for people. That was George Washington.
BECK: He is my favorite for that reason as well. He was the indispensable man. That's why I say I'm waiting for George Washington to appear. Someone who doesn't want to serve but will because he must. And someone who is so beyond question that he can bring people together and say look we have to do this. This can be hard.
PALIN: That's exactly what we need to seek in a candidate. Someone -
- I'll repeat this — almost reluctant to serve. Someone who will not prostitute themselves and say what they believe a voter wants to hear at that time in order to get elected but someone who the people find and ask, will you sacrifice, will you do this for our country to get us back on the right track?
BECK: That is why I think you're on the most admired list. Because some people find you to be that.
George Washington, of course, didn't sign the Declaration of Independence and as president, presided over the Constitutional Convention but did not participate in the debates.
He was reluctant to serve, though, and that's enough.