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Sunday, March 30, 2008



My hero President has been dead for almost 100 years – Teddy Roosevelt (TR). I have been following politics for 50 plus years now and with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan, I have been waiting for a new TR. He was a man who, when he stormed San Juan Hill, did not command his men to charge. He told them “Follow me!” You just have to admire a man with that kind of “hutzpa.”

When the sculpturer, Gutzon Borlum, who created Mount Rushmore, selected the great heros of our country to place on his mountain, he chose Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. He fourth choice was TR – a man who died in 1919, just 8 years before Mount Rushmore sculpturing began in 1927.

The presidents were selected on the basis of what each symbolized. George Washington represents the struggle for independence, Thomas Jefferson the idea of government by the people. Abraham Lincoln for his ideas on equality and the permanent union of the states, and Theodore Roosevelt for the 20th century role of the United States in world affairs.

TR was nominally a Republican, but he acted truly as “A man for all seasons.” He touted the republican ideology when he wanted to but acted according to his own council many other times when it was necessary.

I once thought that in my lifetime there would never be another TR, but strange things happen “as time goes by.” It seem that about ever 100 years someone appears upon the scene when needed to get things back on track.

John McCain appears to be that kind of man – a man who touts both the Republican conservative traditional philosophy and his own council when appropriate. He is truly a remarkable man who would do well to lead our country when he is elected president.

I think, and it is my humble opinion, that John McCain can be considered a modern Teddy Roosevelt.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
Web site: www.drtauraso.com
Blog site: http://www.drtauraso.com/blog/index.htm
Email: drtauraso@drtauraso.com



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