On this day in 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” to the White House. This is one of the reasons I like him so much. “You want me to call it what? Nope. It’s white and it’s a house. I’m calling it the White House.” This may not be how it went, but if it did, I like the way he thinks.
Here are some other reasons why I like President Roosevelt so much. There are many things we can learn from these words.
I have always been fond of the West African proverb “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both. ~ When asked if he could better control his daughter.
Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life. You are entitled to know whether a man seeking your suffrages is a man of clean and upright life, honorable in all of his dealings with his fellows, and fit by qualification and purpose to do well in the great office for which he is a candidate; but you are not entitled to know matters which lie purely between himself and his Maker.
A typical vice of American politics — the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues, and the announcement of radical policies with much sound and fury, and at the same time with a cautious accompaniment of weasel phrases each of which sucks the meat out of the preceding statement.
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid.
Yeah, I got a little quote happy, but can you blame me?