By Christina Wlkie - 03/09/10 01:02 AM EST
Obama’s nightstand reading: the rise of thedore rooseveltAs President Barack Obama gears up for what could be a rough ride in this fall’s elections, he’s turning to a Republican — 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 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.