Doris Kearns Goodwin, author and presidential historian, discusses her book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism." Kearns Goodwin talks with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox and Carol Massar on Bloomberg Radio's "Taking Stock" on December 5th.
In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt contrived a plan to send all 16 of America’s battleships -- his beloved Great White Fleet -- steaming around the globe, to prove that the U.S. was now a great maritime power. When word got out, Congress balked, threatening to withhold funds for what was regarded as a wasteful extravagance. Roosevelt responded that he already had the money he needed, adding: “Try and get it back!”