What kind of dad really makes a kid feel like he could be president of the United States? And who doesn’t? Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, a biographer of Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and, most recently, Walter Cronkite, spoke with The Washington Post’s David Beard about his favorite, and least favorite, first dads.
BEST: 1. Theodore Roosevelt Sr. “He’s in a league of his own,’’ Brinkley says. The elder Roosevelt took Young Teddy to the Amazon, instilling in him a love and respect of the outdoors. He got his son private tutors in foreign languages, taxidermy lessons with a student of Audubon and weights after a bully beat up Teddy. In this family photo taken in Egypt, Theodore Roosevelt Sr. is at the top center and Theodore Roosevelt is at the bottom right. /Harvard University Library’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection Buy Photo