Armen Chakmakjian

Taft and Roosevelt

In Random on November 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Thought this was a touching paragraph in a book review of From Teddy Bear to Bull Moose

…we really do miss statesmen (and the personal political theater they lived in) these days.

It took years before the old friends reconciled. Ms. Goodwin touchingly describes the scene, in 1918, when they did. Taft learned that Roosevelt was dining alone in the hotel where Taft was staying in Chicago. A thoroughly decent and forgiving man, Taft immediately went to the dining room and greeted Roosevelt, who returned the greeting warmly. The other diners stood and applauded. A few months later Roosevelt died in his sleep. As Vice President Thomas Marshall wrote: "Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight."


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