Irving Berlin wrote a campaign song for his friend Al Smith. The songconcluded:

The White House will be ready.

The room where dear old Teddy

Made history is waiting for our pal.

The servants are preparing

To give the place an airing;

They’re dusting off the furniture for Al.

This recalls the song which Al Jolson sang to Warren G. Harding on the occasion of a visit to the Marion front porch in 1920:

We think the country’s ready,

For a man like Teddy,

One who is a fighter through and through,

We need another Lincoln

To do the nation’s thinkin’

And Mr. Harding, we’ve selected you.

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