Portrait of the Trust-Buster As a Young Man

While liberals rave about FDR (and conservatives hate him and say that he prolonged the Depression), everyone should love his cousin Theodore.

Teddy was the one who had the guts to break up the big trusts.

Here’s everyone’s image of Teddy Roosevelt:

But here’s a little-known portrait of the trust-buster as a young man, showing his fierce determination:

http://i.imgur.com/tUWo0.jpg

And Teddy won a medal of honor for his bravery in the Spanish-American war:

CITATION awarding the Medal of Honor to Theodore Roosevelt:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor to:

LIEUTENANT COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT UNITED STATES ARMY
for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt distinguished himself by acts of bravery on 1 July 1898, near Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba, while leading a daring charge up San Juan Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety, and accompanied by only four or five men, led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill, encouraging his troops to continue the assault through withering enemy fire over open countryside. Facing the enemy’s heavy fire, he displayed extraordinary bravery throughout the charge, and was the first to reach the enemy trenches, where he quickly killed one of the enemy with his pistol, allowing his men to continue the assault. His leadership and valor turned the tide in the Battle for San Juan Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

That’s the type of can-do energy we need today to turn the country around.

Unless we get tough like Teddy and break up the big banks, we’ll stay mired in this Herbert Hoover like status quo … and the economy will never recover.

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  • HistoryCheck

    TR and FDR were not brothers, they were cousins — and pretty removed cousins at that. TR was, though, Eleanor Roosevelt’s uncle.

  • http://www.correntewire.com lambert strether

    Well, maybe Obama’s speech on TR wasn’t a complete scam after all. But I’ll believe that when I see it.

  • beowulf

    “CITATION awarding the Medal of Honor to Theodore Roosevelt:
    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor to:
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL THEODORE ROOSEVELT UNITED STATES ARMY
    for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

    Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt distinguished himself by acts of bravery on 1 July 1898, near Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba, while leading a daring charge up San Juan Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety, and accompanied by only four or five men, led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill, encouraging his troops to continue the assault through withering enemy fire over open countryside. Facing the enemy’s heavy fire, he displayed extraordinary bravery throughout the charge, and was the first to reach the enemy trenches, where he quickly killed one of the enemy with his pistol, allowing his men to continue the assault. His leadership and valor turned the tide in the Battle for San Juan Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. “

  • beowulf

    His memoirs are fantastic.
    “In the spring of 1895 I was appointed by Mayor Strong Police Commissioner… By this time, as I have said, I was getting our social, industrial, and political needs into pretty fair perspective. I was still ignorant of the extent to which big men of great wealth played a mischievous part in our industrial and social life, but I was well awake to the need of making ours in good faith both an economic and an industrial as well as a political democracy… I have always had a horror of words that are not translated into deeds, of speech that does not result in action—in other words, I believe in realizable ideals and in realizing them, in preaching what can be practiced and then in practicing it.”
    Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography
    http://www.bartleby.com/55/6.html

  • charles sereno

    “Intrepidity” — The good old days.

    • charles sereno

      Sorry. “Intrepididity.”

      • charles sereno

        I’m confused. May I ask why my comments are “awaiting moderation?”

  • P. Lee

    Thanks for throwing Korea under the Japanese bus!

  • Anopheles

    TR probably wrote the citation himself; he was a MASTER at self-promotion–most of the pics of him in his Rough Rider garb were taken in a NY studio–as well as a vicious racist who was convinced of the divinely ordained superiority of the white race over and who endlessly glorified war as the most masculine and therefore most honorable of all endeavors… until he lost his youngest son in WWI. Edmund Morris–Reagan’s biographer–has written an extremely popular three volume bio of TR that has been described as “better than he deserves” and contrary points of view are not common. A good starting place is James Bradley’s “Imperial Cruise”. Bradley is the author of the much acclaimed “Flags of Our Fathers” and reads easy.

    I do admire TR’s trust-busting, progressive stuff and wish someone with that impulse was around today but he is a real good example of things rarely being what they seem, of skim milk masquerading as cream–with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan.

    • Anopheles

      Boy, was I ever wrong. TR couldn’t have written the citation himself since the medal was awarded by Clinton in 1993, 103 years after the event, further evidence that things are rarely what they… oh, never mind.

  • KnovKnows

    Teddy Roosevelt was a phony, and a racist, and presided over horrible crimes committed against indigenous people in the Phillipines and Hawaii, to name a few. I’m glad he broke up some monopolies, but I wouldn’t hold him up as a hero, by any means. At least, those are some of my memories of him from the book, “The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley that my co-worker recommended and lent to me. Here’s a NYTimes review of the book:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/books/19book.html

    Knowing our country’s history of imperialism, not to mention the worst of which may be our recent economic imperialism, sometimes makes me ashamed. Don’t people realize we don’t have to oppress, torture, and kill other people to do well?

  • http://www.kenricashe.com/intolerable/ Kenric Ashe

    I’m all for stopping the tyranny of Big Everything, but anyone’s involvement in the Spanish-American War is a really bad example because that war, like all of them, was based on lies and propaganda!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_of_the_Spanish_American_War

  • Denny

    Teddy R was a phony, vicious self-promoter, vicious imperialist with tons of blood on his hands and the trusts prospered when he was president. Another myth to add to the library of myths that is American history. We don’t need heroes this badly. For Christ’s sake – do some reading!

 

 

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