Today, Teddy Roosevelt is one of the least criticized presidents in US history. In fact, many people have lionized him and made him an ideal of what a good politician and a leader should be. They talk about Teddy as the trustbuster, the humanitarian, the nature lover, and the incredibly charismatic orator, whose speeches could inspire a crowd. However, few today talk about Teddy’s faults as a leader, and his shortcomings as a person. While Teddy was not an evil man, he was not quite the hero many think when his actions are viewed through a less ross-colored lens.
10. The Story About The Teddy Bear Leaves Out A Lot Of Details
Everyone knows what a Teddy Bear is, and most know the origin story behind it. Teddy Roosevelt had been on a hunting expedition looking for a bear and was having trouble. Someone got a young bear and tied it to a tree, and Teddy refused to shoot it because of how cute and cuddly it was — the bear was then released unharmed. In order to celebrate the president’s generous act of mercy, the Teddy Bear was created and soon became a hit nationwide. Sadly, the story that has been passed on is a lot grimmer and doesn’t paint Teddy in quite as friendly a light.