Larger than life
Fought corruption
Wasn't enough
Don't mess with him
He'll kick your butt
Speaking softly
with a big stick

Born wealthy and privileged
Aristocratic family
In bustling New York City
Mind was strong but body weak
With his chronic asthma
Picked on by big bullies
But grew into a fighter
And excelled at Harvard

Theodore Roosevelt

Entered politics at 23
Lost his first wife, parents, way too early
Then a rancher in Dakota territory
Wrote many books on biology

Led the Rough Riders in Cuba
His bravery helped him win the medal of honor
Fame there helped him to Vice President
When McKinley died he was the youngest President ever

Theodore Roosevelt

He was a warrior for the underdog
Against big business
Wanted the U.S. top dog
Spread their influence
A conservationist who fought for national parks
Traveled around the world, always exploring something
Drank a gallon of coffee a day
A leading Progressive, the Bull Moose Party
Spared the life of a bear, he's Teddy
Lived life to the fullest, every day

First to travel overseas in office
First to call home the White House
First to hold press conferences there
First? Well, first of a lot of things.

In his 60 years of living
He did more than most do in 100

Theodore Roosevelt

Go Teddy!


from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 2), track released February 20, 2012
Matt Beat


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