2. Washington contemplates how his presidency will be remembered
3. Washington explains the importance of national unity
4. Washington discusses his views on virtue in politics
George Washington was the President of the United States until September 1796, when burdened by ill health and other attacks on his government, he decided to declare his intentions not to run for reelection.
He begins his speech with an announcement of his desire not to run for reelection. He then contemplates on how his presidency will be remembered, explaining that even though he did not deem himself qualified for the seat, he still did his best for the country. He further urged the people to be unified and not allow disunity among themselves on geographic or party lines. He then concludes by offering his views on virtues in politics.