Today we mark the 164th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt, who was born this day in New York City. He remains one of the few American presidents born and raised in a major metropolitan area. His experience as a cowboy in North Dakota and as a Rough Rider in the Spanish American War taught him to appreciate the life and values of rural America as well. He spent his political career trying to find the commonality between these diverse lives and unify them as a nation. As we celebrate his birthday, let us all dedicate ourselves to this goal and seek to truly realize our nation’s motto of ”e pluribus unum” – out of the many, one.