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Teddy Roosevelt was blinded whilst boxing – in office!

Teddy Roosevelt lost vision in one of his eyes due to a boxing injury sustained while in the White House. But just because Roosevelt boxed in the White House, you shouldn’t think that he recklessly endangered himself in the pursuit of a strange fixation on machismo. No no no: Teddy fought for America, and every one of his boxing matches had a purpose.

The fight that led to his blindness, for example, was actually a contest between Roosevelt and Sugar Ray Leonard, then-president of Colombia. While Roosevelt lost his eye, Leonard lost the fight and was forced to surrender the northern part of Colombia to Roosevelt, who re-christened it “Panama” and built a canal there with his own two hands.

Later, Roosevelt became the first American to earn a green belt in jujitsu.

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One Response

  1. Dale Whiteman says:

    Ah, old school presidency. When men were still men and socialists were queers.

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