Why Is Teddy Roosevelt A Visionary?

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The United States has an extensive list of presidents that will be remembered in the history books as “great” presidents. However, what are the qualifications that give those presidents that title? It’s inarguable that these great presidents were visionaries, used strong military presence during their presidency, successfully resolved conflict, and were environmentally conscious. It is remarkable that all of the “great” presidents in United States history are known for being visionaries. It’s imperative for presidents to have strategies for the future and that they have policies planned on how to protect national security and improve the lives of their citizens. It’s also important to see issues that the country is facing a find a way to resolve…show more content…
The most prominent thing that he did was a visionary was the completion of the Panama Canal. Roosevelt saw a need for a shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean In the midst of pain and turmoil of the construction of the panama canal, Roosevelt bought the French rights to the construction and oversaw the construction to its completion. This canal promoted the economy for the whole world, and its creation decreased trade time and increased profits for the canal’s investors. Arguably, no other construction has made more of an impact on the American people. Along with being a strong visionary, Roosevelt had no fear of having a strong military presence. TR was adamant about putting the United States military on the world stage, and he did this by bulking up the US Navy by creating the Great White Fleet. These ships circumnavigated the world from December 16, 1907 to February 22, 1909. These 14,000 sailors and 16 ships traveled all across the globe. While advertising the greatness and good will of the United States they were also able to help do recovery work in the aftermath of a an earthquake that had struck Sicily. The success of this mission solidified Roosevelt’s legacy of being a strong military leader. He also was known for his military ideology which was his “Speak softly and carry a big stick” policy. He described this as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any…show more content…
TR was quoted as saying, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune”. Roosevelt is considered to be the first “environmentalist” president. Passionate about conservation and preservation, he signed the National Monument Act, which protected the Grand Canyon and many other national parks and forests. His patriotism was not only for the people of this country but the beauty of the land that surrounded them. This led him as president to use executive power like none of his predecessors had, to protect nearly 230 million acres of land, including 150 national forests, the first 55 federal wildlife refuges, 5 national parks, and the first 18 national monument
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