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Listen to Teddy; FDR Is Not The Only Roosevelt Who Inspires

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(Danville, California)

Day in and day out we keep hearing about how these are the worst economic times since the Great Depression. I still think the 1979 recession was worse (with greater unemployment, interest rates and inflation), but this is bad, no matter how you slice it.

People keep talking about all the new government spending as being similar to FDR's "New Deal." Yes, there were a lot of public works projects back then; and "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" was a classic presidential speech.

But today I find many people (including myself) doing creative and different things trying to gain employment or generate some part-time income. One friend launched a great networking and search site to help those looking for work: www.layoffscafe.com.

In the meantime, I read one of the most inspiring presidential quotes of all time last night as I was doing my internet job search. The speech was delivered by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 23, 1910, in Paris. I hope you find his words encouraging and inspiring:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The other day as we drove through the mountains to the beach, my kids were asking me to describe why some Presidents achieved greatness. I mentioned Teddy Roosevelt for creating the National Park Service (along with the legendary John Muir) and leaving us all with some great national treasures.

By the way, my book would be great reading while you camp out in one of those national parks. You can purchase "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008" by clicking on the blue book button on the right side of this screen. Enjoy!

"Age of Obama" Author Mark Curtis on WTMJ-TV's "Morning Blend"

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

For those of you who missed it, here is the link for a TV interview from Milwaukee on WTMJ-TV4's "Morning Blend" program, profiling "Age of Obama: A Reporter's Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008."



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