How an American President was expected to speak 100 years ago


In 1910, TR delivered the the words below on a European tour. The audience in France received them with great vigor.



In the last century, it became commonplace for presidents to use speech writers, reducing themselves to mere actors. TR was a real writer, and he needed no one to find words for him. He was the real thing.


schelessger wrote for JFK and Noonan wrote for Regan. It went down hill from there, in 2000 after GWB invented words and Gore slowly said the words ‘lock box’ in every speech, Jeff Greenfield observed that “we have a candidate who speaks to us as is English is HIS second language and another who speaks to us as if English is OUR second language. Today the vocabulary is reduced to phases like ‘very bad’ and ‘low ratings’ and I find myself becoming nostalgic for Bush and Gore.


I protect my mind by going to the books and reading the words of TR and Lincoln. These and beer sipped in a lawn chair beside the grass runway provides a mental refuge.


If it doesn’t work you can always resort to harder stuff and books by Jeff Cooper.




About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

One Response to How an American President was expected to speak 100 years ago

  1. jaksno says:

    If I ever come to a college I won’t talk politics and most my tools are USA, now, especially my torque wrenches which I got on Ebay and then sent off immediately for calibration. So in light of your modeling, which is actually more heavily bent toward the philosophical, I’ll put in my 2 cents: More home made beer with good friends in the cool of the evening celebrating the fruits of life and tossing the indigestible peels to the ‘gators, buck loaded 870’s in good supply and near at hand… sounds pretty ideal…{;^)

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