Obama’s nightstand reading: the rise of Thedore Roosevelt

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 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.