Monday, March 14, 2011

Teddy Roosevelt on Obama

Pulitzer Prize winning presidential biographer Edmund Morris (who visits Albany tomorrow, 3/15), interviewed Teddy Roosevelt about the 2008 Presidential Election on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.

No matter that TR died in 1919. Morris is also famous for using fictional devices to explore the mind and life of Ronald Reagan....

From "Theodore Roosevelt: Pundit" (October 27, 2008):

Q. What’s your impression of Barack Obama?

A. Unless I am greatly mistaken, the people have made up their mind that they wish some new instrument.

Q. You’re not afraid that he’s primarily a man of words? Like Woodrow Wilson, whom you once called a “Byzantine logothete”?

A. It is highly desirable that a leader of opinion in a democracy should be able to state his views clearly and convincingly.