Re: [tr-m] TR and the West
- Mrs. Derby, TR's great-great grand daughter, claims
that without TR's experiences in the West (the
Dakotas), he would "never have been President."
He arose out of the West rekindled and revived. No
I like to think that his experiences there gave him an
entirely new lease on life. The hard work and the
riding, and especially the way he mixed with people
from a very different background, how could one not be
He needed such an experience in the wake of the
tragedies he confronted in losing his mother and wife
on the same day in the same house.
I often reflect on this episode. How does one
encounter such a tragedy and carry on? How does one
have the leisure to do something of the same? What
would one do that would give one the strength to carry
on? Or, as TR did, what would one do to use those
terrible tragedies, turn those terrible tragedies
around, and have them become a springboard in which
those experiences would allow him to better serve
others, to better serve the public?
I am sure TR was familiar with the words of
Shakespeare: "Nothing is good or bad, but thinking
them so makes them so." Or perhaps he really heard
Lincoln when he said: "Most people are about as happy
as they make up their minds to be."
Go Saints Go!
--- Jeremy Johnston <Johnstoe@...> wrote:
> It has been a while since we had a good debate, so I__________________________________________________
> thought I would
> start one for the group. By the way I enjoyed the
> TR energy debate, the
> only thing I would add is irregardless of where TR
> gained his tremendous
> energy we do have to credit him for channeling it
> into so many
> productive areas.
> My question: I was wondering how members of the
> group would
> characterize TR's western experiences in the Dakota
> Badlands? Were they
> simply romantic interludes in TR's life or were they
> instrumental in
> shaping TR's future life and career?
> I was just reading the Pringle biography and he
> seems to dismiss TR's
> western trips as a simple escape, yet other
> biographers portray TR's
> experiences in the West as a live changing event
> (myself being a
> westerner, this is the direction I lean towards).
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