This Day in History Entry #343

September 2nd, 2015 by Wordsman

When diplomacy needs to be slick
Speaking softly’s just half of the trick
Let it widely be seen
That it’s business you mean
As you quietly hold a big stick

Event: Soon-to-be President Theodore Roosevelt describes the gist of his foreign policy as “Speak softly, and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair
Year: 1901
Learn more: Big Stick ideology
The Great Minnesota Get-Together

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  1. A Fan Says:

    Presumably he was referring to a big stick with a Pronto Pup on the end of it, given that he was at the Minnesota State Fair — that subtly alters the metaphor.

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