In the words of Robert Heinlein: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
Teddy Roosevelts' Presidential firsts:
- In the sphere of race relations, Booker T. Washington became the first black man to dine as a guest at the White House in 1901.
- Oscar S. Straus became the first Jewish person appointed as a Cabinet Secretary, under Roosevelt.
- In 1902, in response to the assassination of President William McKinley on September 6, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to be under constant Secret Service protection.
- Roosevelt in 1904, became the first former Vice-President who had succeeded to the presidency on the death of the incumbent, to be elected President in his own right or even win his party’s nomination for election.
- In 1906, Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded a Nobel Prize.
- In 1906, he made the first trip, by a President, outside the United States, visiting Panama to inspect the construction progress of the Panama Canal on November 9.
- He was the first and to date only president from Long Island, New York.
- He was the first President to refer to the White House as such on his official stationery. Until then the mansion had been referred to simply as 'The President's House'
- He was the first President to receive a black composer when he met the British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who had great success with his Hiawatha Trilogy and settings of poems by Paul Lawrence Dunbar the black poet and novelist.
- He was the first President to fly in an airplane.
- He was the first President to wear a necktie for his official Presidential Portrait.
quote from Mental Floss Blog