Source type: magazine
Document type: letter to the editor
Document title: “Presidential Handshaking”
Author(s): M., E. L. C.
Date of publication: 26 September 1901
Volume number: 73
Issue number: 1891
|M., E. L. C. “Presidential Handshaking.” Nation 26 Sept. 1901 v73n1891: p. 245.|
|presidents (handshaking in public).|
|Andrew Jackson; Thomas Jefferson; E. L. C. M.; William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt.|
TE T N :
Popular regard for ancient traditions of “republican simplicity,” and a well-grounded fear that the unprincipled scoundrels of modern journalism might make capital out of it, have undoubtedly deterred high public officials from putting an end to this silly and dangerous habit of promiscuous handshaking in public places. Whether Mr. Roosevelt, who has a reputation for enjoying personal encounters with bears and mountain lions as well as with Spaniards, will have the moral courage and appreciation of his public duty to protect the lives of himself and his successors by refusing, while holding the office of President, to submit to close and intimate personal contact with hordes of unvouched-for strangers, even if presumably friendly, is a matter of vital importance to all admirers of republican institutions. The psychological moment for abating a notorious public nuisance has evidently arrived.
E. L. C. M.
C, September 19, 1901.