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February 18, 2002

Presidentís Day

As I think Iíve explained, we donít really do Presidentís Day around here. No offense to any presidents, but itís just not in the spirit of this enterprise. I canít think of any statues of presidents in the Park, so maybe Iím not the only one who feels this way. There is Teddy Roosevelt, across the street in front of the American Museum of Natural History, and maybe he best reflects the difficulty: no president is more identified with conservation, but itís effected through the paternalistic power of the great white hunter.
There is no hunting in the Park, though there may be a few poachers.
No hunting, and no presidents.
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