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Parenting and the Presidency: the Limits of Power


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When President Theodore Roosevelt was confronted with complaints about the behavior of his 19-year-old daughter, Alice, he responded, “I can do one of two things. I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.”


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  1. Of course Alice gave as good as she got: “My father always wanted to be the center of attention.  When he went to a wedding, he wanted to be the bridegroom.  When he went to a funeral, he wanted to be the corpse. ” — Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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