Why are today’s politicians drawn to Theodore Roosevelt? Is it his political beliefs and achievements? No, says historian Rosemarie Ostler. It is more likely his pugnacious personality and his pungent way with words.
Rosemarie Ostler writes about the cultural history of American English. She is the author of "Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics" (2011).