Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Debates Got You Bored? 7 Badass Feats of Strength from Politicians

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2. Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President (1901-1909)

click to enlarge Yeah, he was a pretty rough rider. - PHOTO VIA
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Of all American presidents, it's hard to say what the manliest feat of strength this defender of the wilderness can lay claim to. There was his time as a cowboy in the American midwest and his big game hunts in Africa. And then there was the time he took a bullet straight to the chest and still managed to deliver a 90 minute stump speech (90 minutes! Only Bill Clinton could do better). But it's the 1,500 mile expedition he led down an unmapped river in the Amazon in 1913 that really stands out.

Roosevelt had just lost out on a third-term as president and needed something to make him feel alive again. Most people choose pleasure cruises or retirement villas for their retirements, but not Teddy. A treacherous journey across uncharted territory sounded about right. The lifelong conservationist killed two jaguars the first day. Roosevelt once said real men do "not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil."

He came back from the brink of death on the Rio da Duvida ("River of Doubt") in Brazil, after a leg wound left him feverish and malarial. We was nearly 60 pounds lighter when he returned home, and ready to go moose-hunting again.

Source: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

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