Miley Cyrus is really busy these days. In addition to planning a wedding, she’s also in the process of turning her body into Bartlett’s Quotations.
Fine. Maybe she isn’t doing that. But as Vanity Fair and other outlets have noted, she has been spotted in recent days with a new tattoo on her right forearm that, to the shared surprise of celeb watchers and presidential scholars, consists of a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt.
It reportedly reads, based on this close-up: “So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
So what does this mean? Oh, man. So many things.
For starters, according to theodoreroosevelt.org, the quote was extracted from this portion of Roosevelt’s April, 1910 speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, which he delivered post-presidency.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
In other words, what Cyrus’s fresh ink is really saying is that everyone who criticizes her on the Internet should probably shut it.
Other things this tat may mean:
●That Cyrus is formally declaring that she’s a Republican and would like to become Mitt Romney’s running mate. (If this happens, please look for the book based on that campaign: “Game Change, Y’All: It’s Pretty Cool,” coming to a Barnes & Noble near you in 2013.)
● That Cyrus is in the process of staging a coup on the career of Doris Kearns Goodwin.
● That she and Liam Hemsworth are getting married this Saturday. I mean, the Roosevelt quote doesn’t imply anything of the sort. But when has that ever stopped the Internet from making that assumption?