Source: Meriden Weekly Republican
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Vice President Roosevelt”
City of publication: Meriden, Connecticut
Date of publication: 12 September 1901
Volume number: 36
Issue number: 42
|“Vice President Roosevelt.” Meriden Weekly Republican 12 Sept. 1901 v36n42: p. 4.|
|Theodore Roosevelt (at Buffalo, NY); Theodore Roosevelt (political character).|
Vice President Roosevelt
The “knockers” who had their weapons
out for Theodor[e] Roosevelt have been obliged to lay them aside, and acknowledge
that th[e] conduct of the vice presi[d]ent has been above reproach.
It isn’t exactly clear what the “opposition” expected the vice president would do when called to Buffalo, but there were surmises that the wild and woolly west ord[e]r of things would prevail, and anxiety second only to the fear felt [f]or the life of the president, was expressed as to the actions of the vice president.
Those who for some unknown reason believed he would take summary action to have th[e] disability clause apply to the case in point, were astonished [w]hen, at the mere suggestion, Theodore Roosevelt expressed in no uncertain terms his disapproval of any such plan.
After his arrival in Buffalo “strenuous” action was looked for, but it did not materialize. In every way did the vice president resent any enthusiasm displayed at his appearance. Hi[s] only thought was the recovery of the president, and the dignity which he displayed has compelled the admiration of even his detractors.
The idea that Theodore Roosevelt had no regard for the conventionalities of the position he occupies has been completely shattered. The vice president’s host in Buffalo, believing that the immediate danger being over, he would be justified in proposing entertainment for his distinguished friend, suggested that he utilize his last day by taking a g[l]impse of the exposition. The kindly intended suggestion was met with the vehement reply:
“I do not believe, even though I am assured of the president’s convalescence, that it would be entirely proper for me to take part in any of the festivities. I have studiously refrained [f]rom going out or being entertained during my visit, and I will continue that policy until I leave. I cam[e] here absolutely as a matter of duty, both to the president and to th[e] people, and not for pleasure.”
Vice President Roosevelt has an idea of the fitness of things for which his critics had not given him credit. Th[e] tragedy at Buffalo has revealed him in a new light, which meets with universal approbation.