I’m reading “Colonel Roosevelt”, Edmund Morris’s final of a three-part biography of Theodore Roosevelt. This is about T.R.’s life after his presidency … including his near-fatal exploration of a river in the jungles of Brazil.
Morris writes extensively about Roosevelt running for president on the Bull Moose ticket … which split the Republican vote between T.R. and Taft … and sent Democrat Woodrow Wilson to the White House in 1912. Roosevelt split from the Republican Party over his hand-picked successor William Howard Taft’s ineffective presidency. Taft had the backing of the party’s conservatives while T.R. favored more progressive politics. Sound familiar? It appears that internal squabbling is nothing new for the Grand Old Party.
As I’ve studied the lives of our presidents I’ve concluded that many were huge personalities and some were champion statesmen … while some were obviously ill-equipped for the job. I don’t think we’ve had a president who did not love this nation and want to do the best job possible.
I salute them all today!
Our thought for today is from Abraham Lincoln:
“Seriously, I do not think I am fit for the presidency.”