To put aside neo-dadism, or more specifically, Robert Rauschenberg, for the moment in observation of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I’m relinking to a post from last year 2010, The African Game Trails, where Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, penned An Account of the African Wanderings of a Hunter-Naturalist, Part II, for Scribner’s MagazineNovember 1909.

Puck, December 6, 1899, Library of Congress

Three weeks after the inauguration of his successor, William Howard Taft, Roosevelt set out for British East Africa to hunt big game. The magazine partially funded Roosevelt’s year-long expedition (1909 – 1910) to write about the journey; they published a monthly account of his adventures for a year.

While in office, Roosevelt attempted to move the Republican Party toward Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses. He is shown below about to chop the head off a turkey called “Flim-Flam Finance” on the cover of  Puck magazine.

Puck was America’s first successful humor magazine of colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire on issues of the day. Published from 1871 until 1918, it was the first magazine to carry illustrated advertising and the first to successfully adopt full-color lithography printing for a weekly publication.

Three-time Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan is shown above chasing a turkey named “Nov. Election.” Bryan lost the general election in 1900 to incumbent William McKinley, whose Vice Presidential nominee was Roosevelt. 

McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Roosevelt went on to revive a declining presidency, and is ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.

Puck, November 13, 1907, Library of Congress

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.  ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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NOTE: I give special thanks this year that the 2012 presidential election is over. I raise my glass in hope that four more years will show itself in deeds without as many words.

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