"You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war." William Randolph Hearst to artist Frederick Remington in Cuba, 1898 As we know this was no idle boast. Hearst would launch a war against Spain (it sold papers!) and in so doing was obliged also to launch the meteoric career of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.
The war ended last night, Caroline.
Then Hearst was gone, leaving the President alone in the Cabinet room, with its great table, leather armchairs, and the full-length painting of Abraham Lincoln, eyes fixed on some far distance beyond the viewer's range, a prospect unknown and unknowable to the mere observer, at sea in present time.