This tender photo of TR with baby Quentin and the quotation shows how important fatherhood was to him. He often talked about the sanctity of families, but also just loved playing with his children. Indeed, he ended his New Nationalism speech otherwise full of pronouncements on governmental policy with this statement:
In the last analysis, the most important element in any man’s career must be the sum of those qualities which, in the aggregate, we speak of as character. If he has not got it, then no law that the wit of man can devise, no administration of the law by the boldest and strongest executive, will avail to help him. We must have the right kind of character – character that makes a man, first of all, a good man in the home, a good father, a good husband – that makes a man a good neighbor.
His example of courage and service to his country led all of his children into military service, two of whom died. Quentin was one of them as well as his namesake Theodore Roosevelt III, who commanded troops on Utah Beach on D-Day and later died in France. TR’s words and example of fatherhood will always be an inspiration to all fathers everywhere.
The editor (and primary writer) of this site will be taking the next two weeks off to celebrate the holiday season and move south to our Florida residence for the winter. At a time when these holidays may be tinged with disappointment and trepidation, we should remember that American history is full of heroes who can still serve as role models.
Many of you will remember the great actor Jimmy Stewart, who starred in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, but may not know the full story of his military service during World War II and the personal toll it took on him. Ned Forney, a blogger specializing in Korean War history, has written an inspiring account of Stewart’s career and a revealing back story of how it affected his role in the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Trust me, you’ll never see the movie the same way again.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year to all of you. See you next year!
As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and count our blessings, let us remember to include the fact that we are Americans dedicated to and enjoying the fruits of freedom, democracy and the American Dream. I wish all of you a happy day with your families and friends!