I formed a great desire to help you be president of the United States. It has seemed to me that if I could perform some service for you that would land you in the Presidency I could perform as great a service for my country as I could perform on the battlefield.
Roosevelt was such a breath of fresh air as a politician that cynical political journalists saw him as almost a savior of American politics at the time. His dynamic personality, independence from outside influence, and his enthusiasm for reforming the out of control corporate dominated society without destroying the corporations like Bryan and the populists, attracted many who had never before supported any politician.
William Allan White, 1868-1944, Writer & Editor, Quoted in Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Bully Pulpit, 2013