When Teddy Roosevelt shot himself in the foot, he did it the same way he did everything else: boldly, energetically, and with little regard for long-term consequences.
This was the approach had catapulted him to national prominence and popularity, making him among the first of that rare breed of celebrity American politicians and kicking off the twentieth-century presidency with a bang. But in this case, his trademark impulsiveness backfired in a way that made him regret it to the end of his days.
This time, it cost him the White House.
Any time Theodore Roosevelt annoyed the political bosses of New York, they tried to send him out of town to a career-ending job in Washington, DC.
This never worked out for them.
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