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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914).  Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen.  1904.

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XII. The Despair Of Politicians
 
  WE had been summoned to the White House, my wife and I. I say, “summoned” on purpose, because we had carefully avoided Washington; it was enough for us to know that he was there. But he would not have it, and wrote threateningly that he would send a posse if we did n’t come. So we went. I do not think I ever saw a prouder woman than my wife when the President took her in to dinner. I heard her ask him if her smile reached from ear to ear because she felt like it. And I was proud and glad, for so it seemed to me that she had at last come to her rights, and I where there was nothing more to wish for. But withal I felt a bit unhappy. I had thought to do him the highest honor I could by wearing the

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