These are excerpts from Will Rogers’ “The Ropin’ Fool,” a silent film produced by Rogers in 1922 that showcased his trick roping ability. His son, Will Rogers, Jr., would later provide some commentary on the video, which is who you hear narrating.
Will, along with his ropin’ skills, was quite the philosopher. He gave us the catchy phrases still used today to describe a few things on “trickling down,” being “full of bull.” and even advice on money:
“The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover didn’t know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellow’s hands.” — Will Rogers
“After eating an entire bull a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.” – Will Rodgers
“We’ll show the world we are prosperous, even if we have to go broke to do it.” – Will Rodgers
Here is Will with the famous Bacon, Beans, and Limousines speech in 1931 amidst the Great Depression.
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