Lefties are abuzz about President Obama’s speech in Kansas, saying he channeled Teddy Roosevelt. Clive Crook of the Atlantic headlined his reaction: “Obama Channels Teddy Roosevelt.” Aha! Gotcha! Liberals seize the T.R. connection as somehow giving credibility to President Obama in that T.R. was a Republican and all. But there is just one problem with T.R.’s political philosophy: It was too socialistic for the New York Times. In channeling them, Barack Obama also channels the wrath of the New York Times editorial board from 98 years ago.
From a New York Times editorial, “Roosevelt’s Super-Socialism,” published on September 30, 1913: “Theodore Roosevelt has now brought out and matured his doctrine of Socialism.