I just finished watching this week’s episode of John Adams and was surprised to see that nobody has posted about it yet.
I particularly enjoyed the visuals of the new “President’s House,” in its moonscape setting in the newly built “Washington City.” All of that serves to remind us that life was still primitive in 1800, even for the President and his family.
The delineation of Adams’ character continues to be fascinating. He was so stubborn and hardheaded that he could not find it in his heart to forgive his son, the unfortunate Charles, even after Charles’ death. Sad stuff.
What a constitution Adams must have had. He was fat, smoked cigars, and was subjected to 18th and early 19th Century healthcare. No matter, he still lived to be almost 91. Let’s hear it for obesity, cigars, and leeches!