T. Roosevelt on W. Wilson

“Under these circumstances our allies and our enemies, and Mr. Wilson himself, should all understand that Mr. Wilson has no authority whatever to speak for the American people at this time. His leadership has just been emphatically repudiated by them.”

Spoken in 1918 subsequent to Wilson’s departure for Paris to negotiate directly in the Peace Conference, in the context of substantial Republican gains in the Congressional election. Wilson was the first President to leave the White House to travel abroad during a term in office, a practice so routine today that we hardly notice it. It goes to show that open criticism of a standing President by a former one–and addressed to America’s enemies no less!–is not anything new.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s