A reader identifies the relevant contrast:
A comparison to illustrate how much ‘change’ can happen in just over 100 years:
Theodore Roosevelt – Stoic, unflinching, deadpan, with a stare that could pierce diamonds.
Barack Obama – … dat gayface
Is it me, or does Teddy Roosevelt, minus the ‘stache, kind of look like Trump?
For an idea of just how far America’s leaders — and in general, men — have fallen, keep in mind that Teddy once gave a stump speech for ninety minutes… after getting shot by a would-be assassin.
Roosevelt decided the bullet could not have penetrated to his lung because he coughed no blood and, declining suggestions that he go to the hospital, delivered his scheduled speech. He spoke for ninety minutes, but sometimes managed no more than a whisper.
At least now we have a president who can snark like a teenage girl. Progress!