You learn something new everyday, right?
Well, here's something I learned today.
On October 14, 1912, Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President of the United States, was shot, in the chest, just moments before giving a campaign speech, and elected (pun clearly intended) to just go on ahead with the speech before seeking any medical help.
First off . . . wow.
There's more, but before I continue, let me give you a source for this story in case you, like me, are learning of this fact for the first time and want a chance to read up on it.
I'd actually run across this little info nugget on the way to work this morning while listening to Nick Offerman's latest book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, which has been, for me, such a great listen.
What I loved most about this story of Roosevelt is, after determining for himself that the gunshot wound was not so life threatening as to require emergency medical assistance (the slug passed through his glasses case as well as his fifty page speech before entering his flesh), he approached the podium and said:
“Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot. It takes more than that to kill a bull moose.”
He then continues:
“Fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet—there is where the bullet went through—and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.”
He managed to cut his speech to about ninety minutes.
Thank you, Nick Offerman, for this bit of history.
As for you, The Reader of This Blog, I urge you to read the entire story linked in the source. There's more good stuff in there.