“I am as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to my limit.” – Theodore Roosevelt
This quote appeared in a letter from Roosevelt to William McKinley’s campaign manager, Mark Hanna, during the gearing up of McKinley’s Presidential campaign.
Roosevelt was a workhorseand could give speeches all day long. He loved to speak and had a unique voice that caused people to pay attention. During the McKinley campaign Roosevelt kept a campaign pace that was unbelievable. Covering 21,00 miles is 24 states making of 600 speeches, Roosevelt did what no man had done before him, and at a pace that all said was impossible.
The Bullmoose was used to his limit, but it didn’t take long for him to recover. Which was a good thing since he would need his energy to take over as President when McKinley was assinated.
His resolve to finish the course and courage to start were largely founded on the knowledge of his ample strength. He had slowly and purposefully developed this strength and tested it regularly in politics, the wilds of the Badlands, and the general troubles of his life. Roosevelt looked at everything as a chance to grow stronger – and so should we!