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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Comparsion of Donald Trump and Teddy Roosevelt

I have been doing a lot of radio interviews lately on my new book Forging A President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt and the question I get about every other interview is how would you compare Donald Trump and Teddy Roosevelt. I usually don't have a good answer because it is not a comparison I have thought about although many have; The Chicago Tribune, John Boehner, Teddy Roosevelt's relatives, Politico to name a few. So I will take a stab at this.

They both came from wealthy New York families. Ok. They both had strong fathers who made a hell of a lot of money. Teddy was very sickly as a child with severe asthma. Donald seemed to be in fine health as a child. Teddy went to Harvard. Donald to Wharton Business School. Then Teddy had unspeakable tragedy befall him when his wife and mother died on the same day in 1883. Donald probably about this time was beginning to live the high life in Manhattan as he started to buy buildings.

Teddy went West to the Badlands for three years and became a cowboy. Donald became a playboy and bought more buildings. Teddy came back and ran for governor, charged up San Juan Hill  and eventually became President after McKinley was assassinated. Donald Trump branded himself and remained in business then ran for President in a come from behind insurgency campaign. Teddy busted trusts, built the Panama Canal, sent the White Fleet around the world and set aside millions of acres for future generations. Donald Trump after three months is a work in progress.

So what can we say. Both men are fierce individuals and go their own way. This is true. Both men were met with intrepedation when elected. Teddy was known as that "damn cowboy" and many Senators groaned when he became President. Donald's wall and Teddy's canal both had a built in nobody can do that. Does Donald carry a big stick and speak softly? He carries a big stick that much we know. Both men are fierce natavists. Teddy sent around the White Fleet while  Donald sent the carriers.

I think then the best we can do is say both men are  individuals. Like them or hate them, the likes of neither man will  ever be seen again.  In that way, they are absolutely alike.


Forging A President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt


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