Becoming the President of anything is a pretty big deal. If you've ever held that seat of power and exclusivity in any capacity, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. There's a rush that comes with earning a position and another that comes with knowing that you are ultimately responsible for a great deal. It just feels good!
Now, take that feeling and multiply it a few hundred times over. That could — maybe — get you to begin to understand how it feels to win the U.S. Presidency.
Next, imagine you've done three other things equally as amazing as becoming the President of the United States. This is what it was like to be Theodore Roosevelt. Here are four of the most amazing accomplishments of this great, American Bull Moose.
1. Rough Riders
Theodore Roosevelt led a life full of accomplishment and grandeur, but when the Spanish-American War began, Roosevelt one-upped even himself.
He resigned from his seat as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and joined the 1st Volunteer Cavalry. The unit was a cross-section of America at the time and would ultimately gain notoriety and respect under the title of "The Rough Riders."
The original Rough Riders. (Photo by New York State Police Centennial Celebration)
2. Medal of Honor
It is a well-known fact that Theodore Roosevelt is the only U.S. President to receive a Medal of Honor. Here's a brief rundown:
On July 1, 1898, Roosevelt led a charge of five men up San Juan Hill, through a wide-open field, exposing himself and his men to ungodly amounts of enemy fire. He was the first to reach the top and quickly took down one of the positions, enabling the rest of his team to make their way up. This action turned the tides in the Battle for San Juan Hill.
Roosevelt would go on to become the 26th U.S. President just over two years later. Technically, Theodore Roosevelt earned the Medal of Honor in 1898, but he wasn't awarded the citation until 2001.
In a clear case of the apple not falling far from the tree, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. would earn a Medal of Honor for his actions on Utah Beach during the D-Day landing.
The Roosevelt family has two recipients.
Theodore Roosevelt would go on to be one of the most influential and successful U.S. Presidents of all time. To this day, he is still the youngest POTUS we have ever had, assuming the office at 41 years old. Roosevelt became known for his incredible use of persuasion as well as his bold and decisive acts in international negotiations.
Roosevelt after being sworn in. He entered the office in 1901, after the assassination of William McKinley.
4. Mount Rushmore
There really is no explanation needed for why this is great. Is your face one of four carved into a mountain?
Kinda hard to top this one.