overcompensating for a sickly childhood, he always had to be macho. a tryhard but not cringy.
he tried to warn us about woodrow wilson's idealism as opposed to practical foreign relations. he warned us that a crisis in the balkans would lead to terrible wars. he wanted to build up the new world instead of destroying the old world.
uniquely american, a man of his era, a man who can lead from the front or from DC, comfortable in a tent in wyoming or the salons of georgetown. he led his roughriders in cuba, he was the police commissioner of NYC, he ran the navy, loved his wife and his mama. if we only had more like him. he had his flaws but he always put america first, no apologies. it's we who have let him down.
bad call on that taft guy, though.