When Theodore Roosevelt was reelected president in 1904, his friend Owen Wister sent him a telegram to celebrate:
RICHARD THIRD ACT ONE SCENE ONE LINES ONE AND TWO
The lines read “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York.”
Roosevelt spent the next four years fighting a stubborn Senate and an equally stubborn House. As he was leaving office he received another wire from Wister:
ROMEO AND JULIET ACT THREE SCENE ONE LINE THREE PRECEDING MERCUTIO’S EXIT
The line reads “A plague o’ both your houses!”
This is fantastic, I love when we can see historical figures doing similar things to us but in their own contexts.
I have issues with Ted (seriously, read about his safari period), but I can be on board with this.