I am very glad, indeed, to have this opportunity to address the two Houses directly and to verify for myself the impression that the President of the United States is a person, not a mere department of the Government hailing Congress from some isolated island of jealous power, sending messages, not speaking naturally and with his own voice– that he is a human being trying to cooperate with other human beings in a common service.
Those are the words President Woodrow Wilson used to open his first address to a joint session of congress.
I like them.
I think people sometimes forget that behind the grandstanding and theatrics of Washington life stand real human beings, bearing the same strengths and frailties we all do. Not gods, not demons; just a bunch of guys.