"To Louis XVI, who like the moon fills the earth with a soft benevolent glow."
The British ambassador followed suit: "To George III, who like the noonday sun spreads his light and illumines the world."
At this, Franklin rose. "I give you George Washington," he declared, "general of the armies of the United States, who, like Joshua of old, commanded both the sun and the moon to stand still, and both obeyed."
[Alas this tale is probably apocryphal.]