The children of Paul Emery Washington think of their father as an unpretentious, generous guy who climbed the corporate ladder to become regional manager at CertainTeed manufacturing, a building-supply company. Now 82, he takes care of his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, while spending time on the San Antonio, Texas, property that he shares with his children. “I think he would’ve been a great king,” says son Bill Washington—a statement, we admit, that might seem a little odd. Except that Paul Emery Washington is a direct descendant of George Washington, our nation’s first president and perhaps the only man in history who turned down the position of monarch.
Look, I know you get a big bonus in your capital when there is a monarchy, and you can declare war on whomever you like whenever you like, but the simple fact is that the downsides of recessive genes overweigh the acts of our fathers nearly every single time.