Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919) 26th US President

Theodore Roosevelt Quote

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty.'”

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt
~ Theodore Roosevelt

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Anon    7/30/09

Laughable if he meant it as a joke but if he was serious the implication means those not present should feel guilty for not being there to do their job. Since todays congress doesn't do their constitutional jobs as their oath promises they'll do, their reply should really be either present or "guilty".

jim k, austin

Things haven't changed all that much since Teddy. If they pass "Obama Health Care" , guilty will be the proper answer at roll call.

Mike, Norwalk

I like it.

Marilyn Slentz, Denver City

They should all say guilty, democrats and republicans alike.

Michael A Martin, Lansing, MI

With the passage of each day and the latest scandal, I would say that this is more true than ever. I heartily agree with Marilyn Slentz--they're all guilty; of taking lobbyist money instead of answering to their true constituents, too busy braying how moral and family oriented they are then being caught in a sex scandal, and the list goes on.

James V Dearing, Centre Hall, Pa

An astute observation by Pres. Teddy. It is more true today than ever. Guilty should be the response. James V Dearing, Centre Hall,Pa

E Archer, NYC

And don't forget about the House of Representatives and the Oval Office, too!

warren, olathe

Good one.

Anonymous, Wickliffe, Ohio

I say, "On the mark" - and I agree with Michael Martin, Lansing, Mi and especially like his use of the word 'braying'! How appropriate with regard to the Republicans comments ever since Pres Obama was elected. N. Gibson


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