This day in history:
Minutes before giving a speech on a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Theodore Roosevelt is shot in an assassination attempt.
The would-be assassin’s bullet is slowed down after travelling through a steel eyeglass case and the folded, fifty page speech he intended to give, stopping in his chest. Realizing that he wasn’t coughing up blood, Roosevelt figured he was well enough to go ahead and deliver his speech rather than rush to the hospital.
He spoke for the next 90 minutes, opening with the words:
“Ladies and gentlemen, 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.”
Doctors deemed it too risky to remove the bullet, and Roosevelt carried it with him inside his body for the rest of his life.
October 14, 1912 - 99 years ago today.
Heard you folks like Manly Guys.
If they ever made a Theodore Roosevelt movie, Ron Swanson would be the best actor for the part. Yes, Ron Swanson.
I wish I could see everyone’s fall foliage. I wish I could feel the crisp, cool weather. Setting up a pit fire to keep warm, cuddling with a blanket and wearing fall clothes. Drinking a pumpkin spice latte doesn’t feel right in 80º weather. I wish I could see all the harvest decorations in every yard. I want to rake colorful leaves and jump in them.
I still sweat in the midst of Florida humidity. Summer is still around.