This chapter presents the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his take-charge style, which would become the hallmark of his administration. Roosevelt came to office at a time when the presidencies of Grover Cleveland and William McKinley had produced “a gradual rise in presidential power . . . culminating in the emergence of the modern office under McKinley.” He took this condition and supplemented it with the personal presidency: the people's attachment to the person and not the constitutional office of the presidency. Roosevelt's personal appeal and that of his family gave him a “capacity to keep the nation entertained and involved in his conduct.” Through his charisma, Roosevelt made the presidency the voice of the nation and the government, and led people to think that, as president, he was protecting them from a do-nothing, status quo Congress.
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