Lead:  In the Spring of 1917, the United States declared war on Germany.  In the wake of this decision, former President Theodore Roosevelt volunteered to lead a division of volunteers to fight in the trenches of Europe.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson did not like each other. The President and the man whose independent bid for a third term in the White House probably secured the election for Wilson in 1912, circled warily around each other on the political landscape. There was little respect between the two. Roosevelt saw Wilson as without "a spark of manhood," and as being a base demagogue, an utterer of "weasel words," a hero to "flubdubs and the mollycoddles." Wilson believed that Roosevelt viewed the war as a playground for his egotism. He told a colleague that his predecessor was unscrupulous and his words were outrageous in every particular.

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