The Presidency, 1901-1921

Here it is.

I’m sure none of you knew that I knew so much about Theodore Roosevelt. Actually, I went to Sagamore Hill as a kid; my grandmother told me in great detail how she met TR when he was in South America. So to me he’s Long Island’s president. I’ve read a great deal about him, although I have not written about him.

That said, what happened here says something about the function of the talking head. Although a few of the people featured in this segment are very well versed in Roosevelt’s life, I’d say there very little offered by anyone (including me) that one would not find in a good biography or even a solid overview of the presidency and national politics. But it all sounds good.

 

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9 thoughts on “The Presidency, 1901-1921

    • Seriously, he is one of my favorite Americans, not because of his presidency, which accomplished a lot of good, but because of all the other stuff he did, Asst. [de facto] SecNAV, San Juan Hill, The National Parks, The Winning of the West. And primarily because of his personality, and character. He lived life large, truly large.

    • I think you mean William Howard Taft. In the Election of 1912, he and TR were both bashed by Woodrow Wilson, unfortunately. I recently re-read a book by Wyn Craig Wade on the 1912 Senate Inquiry on the Titanic disaster, which goes into some detail on the split in the Republican party that year. Taft’s whole world (and his campaign) fell apart when his friend, advisor, and confidante, Major Archibald Butt died in the sinking of that ship. Of course Teddy Roosevelt was more popular than Taft to begin with.

  1. Have you read Candice Millard, _The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey_ about TR’s post-1912 trip to track the course of the Amazon? An almost unbelievable journey through an literally unknown part of the world. The trip almost killed him. Part of the fascination to me was how out of touch with the world this ex-president was while he was wandering around South America. Your grandmother probably met him before or after this trip.

  2. He has a major Civil War connection. His father was a staunch supporter of the Union but his mother, Martha “Mittie” Bulloch, was the half-sister of the famous/infamous Confederate agent James Dunwoody Bulloch who commissioned the confederate raider, the Alabama. She was the full sister of Irvine Bulloch, the youngest officer on the Alabama and the one who fired the raider’s last shots before she sank (He survived). Both remained in exile, having been denied amnesty (although, in disguise, they visited their familiy just after the war.” I like David McCulloch’s “Mornings on Horseback” about TR’s youth.

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