Obama's nightstand reading: Teddy Roosevelt biography

As President Barack Obama gears up for what could be a rough ride in this fall's elections, he's turning to a Republican, and the original "rough rider" for some inspiration.

The White House confirmed Monday that Obama is reading "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," by Edmund Morris, a 920-page tome about the 26th president and his early years in New York and the Wild West. Roosevelt fought in the Spanish-American War in 1898, where his troop, the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, came to be known as the Rough Riders for their daring exploits.

Obama and Roosevelt already have a few things in common: They're both authors, political reformers, and environmentalists. It remains to be seen. however, whether Obama will be a two-term president.

Obama is not the only TR fan to occupy the executive mansion in recent years: President George W. Bush read two Roosevelt biographies during his time in office: "Theodore Rex," Morris's sequel to "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," and "When Trumpets Call," by Patricia O'Toole.

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