February 10, 2013
"She was known as a rule-breaker in an era when women were under great pressure to conform. The American public noticed many of her exploits. She smoked cigarettes in public, rode in cars with men, stayed out late partying, kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach (Emily as in her spinster aunt and Spinach for its green color) in the White House, and was seen placing bets with a bookie."

I’m sorry, Chelsea Clinton and Malia and Sasha Obama, but Alice Roosevelt was the best first daughter of all time. ALL TIME!

(A side note: I think my favorite story about Teddy Roosevelt is the one about how one of his White House aides told him to “control” his daughter and his response was “I can either run the country or control Alice, but I can’t possibly do both.” I LOVE IT SO MUCH.)

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