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