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Monday, October 7, 2013

Obama — he’s no Teddy Roosevelt -- By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times

Theodore Roosevelt"I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!" — Teddy Roosevelt
Has there ever been such a small, whiny, petulant president as Barack Obama?

Of course not. First and foremost, presidents are men. All before No. 44, rich or poor, had led demanding lives, filled with victory and loss, joy and heartache, tested by fire, made strong by triumphing over adversity.

Take Teddy Roosevelt: Sickly and asthmatic as a boy, he had to sleep propped up in bed to breathe.

When he was in his early 20s, his wife and his mother died the same day — just two days after the birth of his daughter. A city boy from New York, he struck off for the Dakota hills and built two ranches, riding, roping, even hunting down outlaws who stole his riverboat.

When he returned to NYC, he served as police commissioner, walking the streets after midnight to make sure his cops were on the beat.

The list goes on and on and on: assistant secretary of the Navy; founder of the Rough Riders that fought the Spaniards in Cuba; colonel of the regiment that charged San Juan Hill; governor; vice president; president.

All before he was 43. After serving two terms in office, he didn't sit in his rocker and reminisce. He went to Africa to hunt big game.

Now take Barack Obama. He attended an elite prep school near the Waikiki beaches of Oahu; then, it was off to the Ivy League Columbia and his first job — "community organizer," whatever that is.

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