Both Sides of the Shield
Overview - FOREWORD Major Butt was my Military like a member of my family, as if he had been a younger Aide. He was and I feel his loss brother. As in Manila, as in Augusta, so in Washington, every quot body knew Archie as Archie.quot It was not nec essary to add the title or the last name. Read more...
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FOREWORD Major Butt was my Military like a member of my family, as if he had been a younger Aide. He was and I feel his loss brother. As in Manila, as in Augusta, so in Washington, every quot body knew Archie as Archie.quot It was not nec essary to add the title or the last name. Every one knew whom we meant when we spoke of quot Archie.quot I cannot enter a box in the theatre, I cannot turn around in my rooms in the White House, I cannot go anywhere, that I do not expect to see his smiling face and hear his encouraging tones. The life of a President is rather isolated, and those who are appointed to live with him come much closer to him than they would filling a similar function for other persons. The con sequence is that the bond between an Aide and a President is very close. It enables the Aide to read the President, I suppose, and it cer tainly enables the President to read the Aide. I first knew Archie Butt in the Philippines. He was then a volunteer in the Quartermaster s Department, with the rank of Captain. He was a very active officer, and had the reputation of being a very useful and faithful one. In the Quartermaster s office in that far off clime, there were a great many favors to dispense in the way of comfort, and he dispensed them with justice and yet in such a way as to endear him to every one who came in contact with him. His sunny disposition under conditions that prevailed there was marvellous for in the Tropics, and under the somewhat trying circumstances existing when he was there, depression of mind and spirits was a symptom of the climate. He came to Washington after having been ap pointed as a regular officer in the Quartermas ter s Department, taking theimportant duty of Depot Quartermaster at the Capital. It was there that he attracted the attention of President Roosevelt, who made him his Aide. He was loyal to the President and his family while he served him, and retained their love always. Then he came to me and into my family, and became one of us, and was as much interested in the welfare of each as if he had been a son or a brother. When he entered a room, bad weather or good weather, his sunny disposition seemed to light it up and to make life somewhat more cheerful and more hopeful. He had a great deal of that lovable human nature that makes his memory very dear. Now, the duty of an Aide to a President is very hard to fill. It calls for great self-sacri fice. A President sees but very few people con tinuously in a confidential way, and his Aide has to be with him all the time when he is out of humor and when he is in humor, when he is silent and when he is talking. The Aide has to do the best he can to contribute to the President s peace of mind, and that is a burden that no one knows the weight of unless he has been an Aide. An Aide has to stand a good deal because everybody assumes that what can be said to the Chief can be said to the Aide without hurting his feelings...