Theodore Roosevelt is considered the first modern President because he significantly expanded the influence and power of the executive office. From the Civil War to the turn of the twentieth century, the seat of power in the national government existed in the U.S. Congress. As the executive branch gradually increased its power, Roosevelt held on to this trend, believing that the President had the right to use all powers except those that specifically denied him to accomplish his goals. As a result, the President, rather than Congress or the political parties, became the center of the American political ground. Having graduated from an Ivy League school, including fluency in six languages, and wining the Nobel Peace prize and Medal of Honor T.R. proves to be nothing short of brilliant. Roosevelt grew up with a wealthy father which gave him a good educational and financial background. With a childhood based off of becoming a burly, brave leader Roosevelt couldn’t help but attempt at emulating the footsteps of his father, because settling for inferiority was completely out of the question. This in turn motivated him to become a very successful adult. As he continued on into adulthood he became a well known NYPD Commissioner which eventually helped him in the running for Mayor of New York City. However, he didn’t win that election, but instead went on to the Navy and became the Associate Secretary of this particular branch in the military .As you can see, this certainly put Roosevelt as a top of the line roughrider, in that he always knew he could achieve what he wanted. As President, Roosevelt challenged the ideas of limited government and individualism. He advocated government regulation in order to achieve social and economic justice. He used executive orders to accomplish his goals, especially in conservation, and waged an aggressive foreign policy. He was also an extremely popular President and the first to use the media to...
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