Do you remember the years of staged marches against clergy who for decades vowed to holy orders continued to use young boys as sex toys? Neither do I. Those marches didn't happen. Do you remember the hundreds of presidential candidates in your lifetime that would never casually quip how a tortured American Vietnam prisoner of war "was no hero?" I can only imagine how legendary Republican Sen. Bob Dole, living with disabling WWII wounds, reacted to that. I voted Dole for president.
Last weekend our cowboy president was the ethereal guest of honor at the fifth annual "A Gathering of Teddy Roosevelts" in Medora. The collection of aficionados was made up of 13 admiring folks from across the nation who have received the spirit of Roosevelt to affect them in personal ways. So much so, they demonstrate their affection for him by not simply studying his life, but portraying him in looks, costume and speaking style. This year's get together was the first time the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation partnered with the Badlands Chautauqua.