This John Adams (HBO Miniseries)
production vividly illustrates the reality that John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and all the others are not just plaster statues or monotonous names in a history book. They were real people: the lived, they loved, they laughed, they cried when they hurt, and they were mortal. They put all they had, including their lives, on the line to reach for an ideal. Many of them gave their lives, and those who didn't, gave up much of their lives. The years John and Abigail spent apart could never be recovered. Their story was repeated by thousands of others, and still is. As Adm. Tarrant (The Bridges at Toko-Ri)said, "Where do we get such men?" They set a standard for all of us.