What would you like to do?
It means he can be a softy but can also get what he wants done. The big stick is a weapon which meant the military power of the US. Allow me to add to this answer by c…larifying Teddy Roosevelt's remark. Roosevelt meant that in negotiations or in speeches regarding foreign policy that it is wise to speak in a diplomatic fashion, not being hard on demands or threats, but at the same time carry the full weight of the US Armed forces ready in case the softly spoken words were ignored.
Theodore Roosevelt used the phrase regarding the diplomatic use of force. It was "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far".
Such was Roosevelt's advice for dealing with foreign governments. It means to be nice and listen to them and try to meet their demands, but make it clear that military force i…s an option if they make unreasonable demands and and refuse to come to an agreement. It implies that maintaining a ready military force is a requirement for effective diplomatic negotiation. The "big stick" meant US military power, particularly the navy and marines and other possible sanctions. the threat of using military force in foreign policy
At the Minnesota state fair on September 2, 1901.
What did the United States need in order to keep roosevelts policy of speak softly and carry a big stick?
Military capability = the so-called "big stick". So we had to put together a powerful military to make the other countries somewhat more...pliable...to US demands. It's a cr…edible, even if unspoken, threat.
Speak softly: inform other nations of how you would like them to behave. Carry a big stick: have an overwhelming military advantage, so that your soft words carry an implied… threat that is difficult to ignore. If I remember my Junior High history book in the 50's, he was talking about our Navy.
What US President first popularized the phrase speak softly and carry a big stick when talking about his approach to foreign policy?
Well to make a point that "use military force if necessary."
President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.
In the US this aphorism is most commonly associated with President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt attributed the term to a West African proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big s…tick; you will go far," but the claim that it originated in West Africa has been disputed. There does not seem to be any record of the phrase actually being used in West Africa before Roosevelt's time. Whether Roosevelt actually believed, for whatever reason, that the expression was West African, or whether he knew that it wasn't and was indulging in a form of 'Confucious he say' hokum in order to impart a degree of distinction to it, we don't know. It is certainly possible that he coined the phrase himself.
Roosevelt attributed the saying to a West African proverb, but the true origin has been a subject of some dispute. The phrase means to engage in a negotiation peacefully and p…olitely while allowing one's adversary to see that one is prepared to act with force if negotiations fail. In modern culture, the pistol on a police officer's hip does not often need to be drawn to enforce an instruction. The possibility of it being drawn is usually sufficient to obtain compliance.
Commenting on the foreign policy popularized by the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt in 1901, with Old African proverb lifted by colonialists while doing slave trading with ot…her African associates (warring tribes and slave traders). President Roosevelt tried to run again, but as the candidate of the Bull Moose Party after being dumped by his Old Party, The Republicans! Essentially, brag a lot, but use force when all else fails!
Theadore Roosevelt - YOU KINKY SON OF A BITCH He is, of course, referring to the act of carrying his pimp stick when shiz going down. He prefers to have no interruption when h…e's on dat ting. Therefore, you must speak softly. Teddy Rule Number 1 - CARRY THAT BIG STICK. YEH.