"father of our country" or the somewhat sour face on a dollar bill. Despite his flaws which included his strong temper and depending on enslaved people to run his farm, this series illuminated how his most important trait, his character, was built.
In the eighteenth century honor was an important concept. First, it meant that you were your word. You met declared obligations. (Period!) You had an internalized sense of right and wrong.
You owned your mistakes and you fought for your beliefs, especially when they pertained to the greater good. For Washington, there was no higher calling than being a soldier. In his youth he fought many battles for the British Army, hoping to earn his way to becoming a commissioned officer. Most of them he lost; but he learned. When he finally realized that the British generals looked down on him as less-than-officer material at a time when the colonies were becoming restive under the rule of King George, III, he was ready to do his duty and take command of the rag-tag militia of the colonies to fight for freedom from English rule and for self-government of the United States. It was a formidable task. There was no greater fighting force at that time than the British army and navy.
Second, he didn't quit when things got tough. There were several last-ditch, do-or-die feats that he commanded with audacity and grit. One event was crossing the Delaware on a bitter Christmas eve to ultimately win the battle of Trenton-- the crucial first-needed triumph to keep the colonists engaged in the war.
The series was produced by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin who said that "Resilience and humility and empathy” were Washington's chief character traits. He was worried about the emergence of a rancorous partisan divide in our fledgling country. In his farewell address, which was published in newspapers as a letter to the American people, he warned us [about] “the baneful effects of party spirit, of the spirit of revenge, of sectionalism, and the worry that if we endure such things it could lead to foreign influence and corruption.”
Our current electorate who bought the slogan "Make America Great Again," still needs a history lesson from our first most honorable president.