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Teddy and Woody Two Effective Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson both made their mark on United States history as presidents One president was a wild violent Rough Rider who was also insecure The other was a deeply religious sentimental traditionalist who stood firmly on his ground Both presidents made changes in American life whether it be business or social By examining domestic policies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson one can see that although they differed greatly both were effective presidents Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child His father helped him train to overcome his debilitation and set him on his way to be a Rough Rider Woodrow Wilsons father was a Presbyterian minister and his mother a daughter of one they instilled a stolid set of morals that Woodrow Wilson carried with him his whole life Both presidents came from socially secure backgrounds that gave them distinguishing characteristics Both presidents however dramatically changed their public view to support the ideals of the common man in America Theodore Roosevelt started off his presidency say that he shall go slow in the process of investigating large corporations He was insecure afraid that some of his policies upset the corporations However as his terms went on the president gained a reputation for being a Progressive According to Hofstadter Reform was meant to heal only the most conspicuous sores on the body politic Roosevelt wrote that he did not know what if anything should be done about trusts The main reason he distrusted and despised bigness in business was because he was a big politician facing a strong rival in the business of achieving power Roosevelt proposed reforms and blasted dishonesty in business with the showiest language that had ever been used in the White House His use of language caused the public image of him to be a reformer and it contributed real weight to that side However Roosevelt did do his share
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