The Progressive Presidents

A Comparison

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was thought of as the first modern president. He was born on October 27,1858. His presidential term was from September 14,1901 - March 4,1909. He was also the 26th President of the U.S., often referred to as "Teddy" or "T.R.". One of his most famous quotes is "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.", which inspired many. Theodore was an author, naturalist, explorer, reformer, and American statesman. Sadly, he died on January 6, 1919. Although, his legacy lives on.

Presidential Report Card

Leadership

Grade: B+
I think that Ted was a true leader, he was always on top of things. Also, despite all of the things that he's been through, he still managed to pull through. He was very dedicated to the people. TR was always presenting these inspirational speeches which made everyone have hope for the future, which made for a much more positive future. He was accountable, and gave more of himself than he would ever ask of others. Roosevelt was very skilled in everything he did, put every ounce of himself into his work as well as his speeches, and it showed.
He practiced leadership and management skills every day. Also, he knew how to present abstractions or possibilities in a compelling manner.

Organization

Grade: A
When Roosevelt came up with the "square deal", it solved a lot of issues for people. It helped conserve natural resources, control corporations, and consumer protection. Also, he was very concerned about the environment. He would always check up on the people and say the most hard-hitting speeches. Most people loved him because of his charm. But, it's awesome how every time something needed to be done, he wouldn't put if off, he would just do it right when it needed to be done.

Professionalism

Grade: A
Roosevelt started out as the vice president under McKinley. When McKinley died, people rioted and life was hard for Roosevelt. Although, he pushed through and toughed out all of the hate. People acted like he had a choice, as if he killed McKinley. But as soon as people got over their mourning, they learned to love him. Roosevelt did things mainly for the people, and he actually listened to the suggestions that people made instead of just thinking that he already knew everything without a doubt. That's just the kind of person he is. And yes, he wasn't always super professional, he was silly sometimes. The people loved him for that.

Contributions

Grade: B
He was very involved with everything that was going on in the world. The influence that the office has today began to develop with Teddy. Throughout the second half of Roosevelt's presidency (the 1800's), Congress has been the most powerful branch of government. Roosevelt was a strong, effective executive. Roosevelt contributed a lot to the world we live in today. He set a very high standard for the presidents that came after him, and the people wouldn't settle for anything less. He got into Presidency because people loved his personality as well as his aggressive executive actions.
The History of Theodore [Teddy] Roosevelt - A Short Story

William Howard Taft

Taft was kind of a lazy president. He was born on September 15th, 1857. Also, he was an American jurist and statesman who served as both 10th chief justice and the 27th President of the U.S. His presidential term was from March 4th, 1909 - March 4th, 1913. Woodrow Wilson basically passed down the presidency to him because they became almost like best friends even though they were completely different.

Leadership

Grade: D
Taft was not a leader at all. He kind of just went with things, and chose the easy way out for all situations. I believe that he cared for his people, although, he did a terrible job showing it. Taft believed that things were meant to stay the way that they already were. But, that's not always the case because change can be good. I believe that he could've done a better job being president, but the past is the past. I feel like Roosevelt picked him because he seemed like a good person to him, but he was not a good choice for a president.

Organization

Grade: B-
Taft was pretty organized, although, he didn't really have anything to organize. Considering the fact that he barely changed a thing. But he did serve as President of the U.S. and the chief justice of the supreme court, shows that he can manage a lot of things at once. Although, it doesn't mean that he manages them well. And ever since he got into presidency, he got stressed and gained weight, it was bad. And he knew he didn't want to be president. Later on, Roosevelt hounded him on how he was a bad president and he needed to do more, and that just made Taft want to actually be president. Just because Roosevelt said that he couldn't.

Professionalism

Grade: C+
Taft tried to be professional, but that's not how he appeared to the people. To everyone else, he was a lazy president that just didn't want to do anything for the people. They wanted new things to happen. Everyone longed for change, but Taft hated change. Also, when his wife died, he, of course, didn't act all that professional because his emotions as well as his physical appearance were a mess, I can imagine.

Contributions

Taft had a hard task of living up to the legacy of Roosevelt. His political experiences were limited, so that made people a little bit more worried. Taft was very inactive and unaware of everything going on around him. In fact, Congress added 847 amendments to his tariff reform package, and he was completely oblivious to it. In conclusion, Taft did little to nothing for the people or the economy, which meant that nothing changed.
Disney The American Presidents: William Taft

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the U.S. He served from 1913 - 1921. Wilson was born on December 28th, 1856 in Virginia. He was an American politician and academic. He spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. His spouse was Ellen Axson Wilson. One of his famous quotes was "The man swimming against the stream knows the strength of it". Sadly, he died on February 3rd, 1924 in Washington D.C.

Leadership

Grade: A
Wilson was pretty much known for being extra smart. He was a leader of the Progressive Movement. He represented himself as the people. Also, being president shortly after Roosevelt, he had big shoes to fill, but he filled them just right. He definitely did better than Taft, partly because Taft didn't even want to be president.

Organization

Grade: A
Wilson was very organized. He was always working on new things and ways to improve the economy and just the way things were in general. He was just a good president, overall. Nobody really questioned him because they knew that he knew what he was doing. Everyone knew that he would benefit the way that things were, and he proved them right.

Professionalism

Grade: A
Woodrow Wilson was basically the definition of professional. He always put 100% effort into all of the things that he did. He graduated from Princeton and the University of Virginia Law School. He did a lot for everyone and cared a lot more than Taft, while being president. A lot of people envied his dedication, and I don't blame them.

Contributions

He contributed to the U.S. a lot, honestly. Wilson set the bar really high, almost higher than Roosevelt. He went to Paris to try to build an enduring peace, and then he presented the Treaty of Versailles, setting us up for success. He was really smart, and the perfect president for that point in time. The people really needed him at the time because without him, they would've remained neutral, and nobody wanted things to stay the same, they wanted things to progress.
Woodrow Wilson | 60-Second Presidents | PBS