Sunday, September 14, 2014

PBS starts Ken Burns film "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

PBS aired the first two hours of Ken Burns’s new documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”, with primary link here, link here.
I wasn’t aware that Theodore was a sickly child, apparently only, and disregarded orders from his doctors and became more physically active as a young man and became robust as an adult. As a moral matter, he overcame his handicap.  To the extent that I may have had a similar constitution, I did not.  He credits this to his mother.  He was at his home deep within the Adirondacks when McKinley died and he became the youngest president of the United States at 42 in 1901.

FDR was not popular at Groton, his boarding school, where he managed the baseball team because he wasn’t good at playing it. 

But both men wanted to give back to society, making it better for others of less privilege by serving in public life. 
The film shows the unveiling of the Teddy Roosevelt bust at Mt. Rushmore in SD, which I have visited twice (in 1974 and 1998). 

The pilot emphasized that both men believed that federal government had to do more than the founding fathers envisioned when they wrote the Constitution, which they saw as a bit of an inconvenience, to say the least.  
Wikipedia attribution link for Mt. Rushmore picture 

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