The power of putting George Washington in a kaffiyeh

The statue of George Washington that stands in the University Yard of George Washington University is one of many copies of an original marble likeness created by Jean-Antoine Houdon, the most important sculptor in France in the late 18th century. It shows the Founding Father in a classical and aristocratic pose, one leg slightly bent and his posture upright. His cape is draped at his side, he holds a walking stick lightly in his right hand and he stares into the distance, no doubt a reference to both his acumen and the prospects of the new nation.