PRESIDENT WILSON OWNS ROLE AS WARTIME PRESIDENT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Like all United States presidents, Woodrow Wilson was a chief executive with strengths and weaknesses. Chicago Daily Tribune correspondent Henry M. Hyde wrote 100 years ago today, July 19, 1917...
"President Wilson does not evade responsibility. He seems to invite it. His intellectual confidence is so great, his critics say, that he declines to make the necessary delegations of authority."
Mr. Hyde says that Wilson's subordinates bring nearly every problem to him for a final decision. Even members of Congress, many who "have a careful eye on their political future," lean on the President's shoulders.
Hyde recognizes Wilson's great qualities, but is concerned about his unwillingness to delegate authority. He writes...
"It takes a wise man to tell him what are recognized as unpleasant truths."
"Liberty's Victorious Conflict: A Photographic History of the World War," by G. V. Buck, The Magazine Circulation Company, 1918.
"Wilson Carries Burdens of War On Shoulders," by Henry M. Hyde, The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 20, 1917.