George Fox University professor Kerry Irish examines the presidency of George Washington, who was inaugurated in 1789. Washington was aware his actions in office would set precedents. So, for example, despite French assistance to the Colonial Army against the British, Washington kept the U.S. neutral during the French Revolution, seeking to avoid entangling the U.S. in European affairs. Also, at the end of two terms, Washington voluntarily gave up power, and in his farewell address, he warned against loyalty to political parties over country. George Fox University is in Newberg, Oregon.