Teddy Roosevelt channels his inner Bob Dole

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Teddy Roosevelt, the president of bully pulpit fame, initially drafted part of his autobiography in the third person.

History provides no record of whether he spoke of the Rock Chalk chant in the third person, though.

Then again …

Lore around these parts is that Roosevelt proclaimed KU’s chant the greatest college cheer ever.

This week, a paraphrase of Roosevelt somehow morphed into a quote, with Roosevelt channeling his inner Bob Dole and referring to himself in the third person.

Somehow I doubt that he truly did.

It is a good reminder of the importance of checking quotes and making sure they make sense, though.

Teddy Roosevelt never perfected the art of writing in the third person. He eventually edited his autobiography back to the first person.

Bob Dole never won the presidency, but he never met a third person he didn’t like.

But don’t quote me on that.

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