This Day in American History...

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Posted: Sep 01, 2009 8:53 PM
On this day in 1901, then-U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."  "Big Stick diplomacy" described Roosevelt's foreign policy views--peacefully negotiate, but simultaneously threaten with the "big stick" (military power).  Only 12 days after these remarks at the Minnesota state fair, President William McKinley was assassinated, ushering Roosevelt into the presidency. 

Fox News and conservative radio host Glenn Beck paraphrased this famous Roosevelt phrase recently, tweeting:
The czars are the key! Will inform and ask for your help tomorrow. The truth IS a big stick. Walk softly. They WANT you to push back.DO NOT!