Teddy Roosevelt Speaks to the 21st Century

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He was a cowboy, a straight-shooter, a President who pushed the role of America as the global policeman. The parallels between Teddy Roosevelt and George W. Bush are many. The current President is reading the new biography of Roosevelt, perhaps to learn from his predecessor who held the office a century ago. "In the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrongdoing or impotence, to the exercise of an international police power," said Roosevelt. It was the beginning of the United States' embrace of its role as world power. This hour, the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt on the U.S.'s role in the world — and the parallels between Teddy Rex and George W.


Edmund Morris, author of "Theodore Rex"

This program aired on January 15, 2002.


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