Memories of a Bull Moose

Dr. Grant from King’s Meadow remembers our 26th president.

He had served as a New York State Legislator, the Under-Secretary of the Navy, Police Commissioner for the City of New York, US. Civil Service Commissioner, the Governor of the State of New York, the vice-president under William McKinley, a Colonel in the US. Army, and two terms as the President of the United States. In addition, he had run a cattle ranch in the Dakota Territories, served as a reporter and editor for several journals, newspapers, and magazines, and conducted scientific expeditions on four continents. During his career he was hailed by supporters and rivals alike as the greatest man of the age–perhaps one of the greatest of all ages.

Theodore Roosevelt was a great man and his life serves as an inspiration. Here was a man who was able to do whatever he wanted once he set his mind to it. He cannot be wrapped up in a box, either. As a recent History Channel episode pointed out, he was a man of contrasts. He was a warrior who won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was a hunter who ignited the conservation movement and set aside the first national park. He did everything possible to do in this life and still found time to write 35 books.

He could not be stopped. When running for a third term as president, Roosevelt was shot before a speech. The bullet passed through his eyeglass case and a copy of the speech itself, but Teddy still got up and spoke to the crowd. “I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose,” he said. Wow.

There are so many things to do in this life, and I want to do them all. I look back in awe at the life of Teddy Roosevelt. He managed government agencies, led a cavalry charge in war, hunted big game in Africa, explored the jungle, built a canal, and lived in the White House. Whatever he wanted to do, he did, and in doing so he changed the world.

I am not sure that I am ready and able to change the world, but I would like to experience all facets of this life. Here’s to TR.

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