Moments in Manliness: Strong as a Bull Moose [VIDEO]

by Brett & Kate McKay on June 27, 2012 · 55 Comments

in Visual Guides

AoM reader and video producer, Sam Hakes, helped us create this short animation showcasing a manly moment from the life of Teddy Roosevelt. If you’d like to see more of these, please share it.

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michael D June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Awesome Work!

2 Levi Wadd June 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Cool! One of my favourite American events.

3 Brandon June 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Awesome video, and one of many great moments from Roosevelt’s life. One part missed was that after being shot, he told the people subduing the would-be-assassin to not hurt him.

4 Jason June 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I suspect that if TR saw this, he would choke the animator out for showing him being struck by a complete, unfired cartridge. Because the only way for that to happen is for someone to throw it. (Or I suppose you could use a slingshot…) Kinda’ diminishes the legend.

(Seriously, a cartridge is the casing, primer, powder, and bullet, all together in one package. That’s what you load into a gun. A bullet is just the lead bit at the end, sometimes plated in copper. That’s what goes down the bore and strikes the target.)

5 Douglas Aldrich June 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Very cool work.

6 Jeremy June 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Excellent work!! Keep more coming! Really an excellent piece – reminds me of the Ken Burns effect for the digital millenials crowd. ;)

Oddly, Closed Captioning on Youtube was automatically turned on when I started the video, and did a quite poor job of CC’ing the audio. CC with actual text that matches what’s being said would be helpful for those of us in cubical land.

7 Red June 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Nice little movie. Clever use of pictures to create the video. I don’t know if there was early movie footage of the president, but this makes for a more interesting retelling then a normal cartoon.

Good work. I hope to see more.

8 Brent June 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Cool video of an amazing story. TR epitomized manliness. BO wears mom jeans and can’t get a First Pitch across the plate. Look at the height from which we have fallen.

9 Josh June 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

I loved the video. I would definitely enjoy watching more. Keep them coming!

10 Tanner June 28, 2012 at 2:13 am


11 K.R June 28, 2012 at 5:46 am

That was absolutely stellar!!!

Art of Manliness steps up to the plate once more… another home run!

Cheers fallas.
Bloody love your work. Keep it up.

12 Bob Perron June 28, 2012 at 6:25 am

It is my understanding that Roosevelt himself wrestled the gunman to the ground.

13 Mark June 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

Wow. Great work! Very creative.

14 Ken June 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

Love IT! You can’t get enough TR!

15 Bernard June 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

“Hi, I’m Teddy Roosevelt and welcome to jackass”. This is manliness at its finest.

16 Jason June 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

Love it! I’m a Canadian and I can assure you a Bull Moose is strong as hell! Way to kick A$* TR!

17 Rob June 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

I swear by all that is holy – if only one quarter of the men in this nation were half as manly as TR, we’d be living in a utopia…

18 J.James June 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

Very nice! One of my favorite Teddy stories. Great example of very effective, low-tech production too. Bully!!!

19 Theo June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

YES! That is awesome!

20 Fred June 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

Awesome work and story! Bull moose forever!

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22 Greg June 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

Great Job!

23 Kenny June 28, 2012 at 11:59 am

Love it.

24 Cameron June 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm


25 Ron Squire June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

So great! Almost done with the Rise of TR. Such an amazing figure of American History and manliness. Keep these vids coming. This was great!

26 David Y June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Great video. What a man!

27 Todd A June 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Fantastic work. I look forward to some more of these.

28 Tate June 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I feel like I can easily assume that all of the TR worshipers here have not really studied his actions in office. Essentially, what I don’t like about him is that he was groomed by the Morgans and propagated the incestuous relationship between Wall Street, banks, and American foreign policy. Large banks have much to gain from foreign wars through the purchasing of government bonds, and TR used the U.S. military to protect American corporations overseas or punish foreign governments for nationalizing them (which should be considered a personal risk of doing business overseas, not a risk which the cost will be socialized by military intervention). I’m not saying that TR didn’t have admirable qualities about him in his personal life, but I want readers of AoM to be aware of the dastardly deeds he committed in office.

29 Joseph Weidinger June 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

My grand-father, Frank Bukovsky, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia was the man that subdued the would-be assassin. My grandfather could not speak very good English and so the authorities arrested him also. He was later let go. Frank Bukovsky was the man that saved Roosevelt’s life.

30 Sam June 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Call it dark, but I’m glad that TR is no longer living. I would be panicked to know that a man – a titan – that manly even exists.

31 Ryan June 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I agree with Jason, I was going to make the same comment but he beat me to it. The complete cartridge hitting him did distract me too.

32 Todd June 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Tate, TR was the only one man enough to stare JP Morgan straight down his nasty nose and bring down all the railroad and food trusts. His legislation was constantly on the side of the little man (see his resolution to the coal mine strike, improvements in factory worker conditions, introduction of the 9hr workday, etc.). Republicans hated him for it cause he went rogue all the time and ignored all the big-money interests. I agree, don’t worship the guy, but you’re information is completely false.

33 Turner June 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm

A discussion of the morality of the deeds done in TR’s life is interesting, but not necessarily relevant to the discussion of his manliness. I can agree or disagree with a great many things said and done by any politician, but I respect anyone who has the conviction to say that they are doing what they think is right, and that’s the way it’s going to be, and to hell with anyone that wants to get in their way. It may not always make for the gentlest or most like able person, but it does make for a very manly leader who can get things done. This sort of attitude is what I would like to see in a leader, and I respect it so much that I would vote for such a candidate, even if I disagreed with him on ( most of) the issues. You can elect senator’s and representatives to campaign for your issues, but when it comes to president, I want a bull moose who won’t take any lip and will stand up for what he believes.

34 Dan June 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Definitely like this Moments in Manliness series. Keep it going!

35 Raymond June 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Hooah! TR is one of my all time favorites for his quotes, his life and even his occasional mistakes. He gave a speech on the danger to a man of ‘the comfortable life’: excellent reading. He knew that efforts worth doing are most often accompanied with bruses, scars and iften seen as ‘failure’. It isn’t the critic who counts, but instead the man who tried & tried agan who counts!

As for taking a bullet into the chest and soldiering-on, name me three politicians today who would be man enough for that? (Janet Reno not included ;^) Our politicians generally quit when their teleprompter does.

36 Jon B. June 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

This adds another dimension to manly figures of history. I would like to see more as well!

37 James B. June 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Perfect video. I would certainly like to see more of these pop up on AoM.

38 Chip Ehrhardt June 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

That was damn manly, right there! Creative & effective, please produce more.

39 Gregg Smith June 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

This video absolutely rocks. It is very well made and shows a man’s man in action.

40 Dan July 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Bully! Excellent work, my friend.

41 Noah July 3, 2012 at 8:43 am

Great job! Lets see some more.

42 Sam July 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

Nicely done, more videos please! But playing devil’s advocate for a moment, had TR died as a result of delaying his visit to the hospital, I wonder what we’d be saying about the incident today?

His is next on my biography list after Kennedy and Eisenhower.

43 steve July 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

holy crap.

think ill go wrestle a bear now.

44 Dnick July 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Great work, and a great addition to your website!

45 DClark July 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Would that be considered the first actual bullet point in a speech?

46 Austin July 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm

That was awesome!

47 JK July 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

How timely! I am currently finishing reading “The Rise of Theodore Rooseveldt” by Edmund Morris.

He is even more awesome in long-form, and the book is very good, so I do recommend you pick it up. I’m not generally a biography-reader, but I can’t put it down. TR is pretty damn inspiring.

I’m going to have to read “Theodore Rex” right afterward, really.

48 Joe Rodriguez July 9, 2012 at 7:44 am


49 Brooks July 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Seriously love TR.

50 Francisco Garcia July 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

You hear that 50Cent?

51 Randy July 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

Awesome video. I love that!!!

52 Sean July 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

This is genius!!!

53 Colin July 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

To follow up Brandon’s comment about asking the crowd not to hurt the would-be assassin – Are you sure you’re not thinking of McKinley stopping the crowd from injuring Leon Czolgosz? I know that to be true but had never heard the same about Roosevelt. Obviously I could be wrong but just asking.

54 Matt February 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know about this even in history till watching this video – I’m not American – but still what an event. Roosevelt. What a true legend!

55 Tate June 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm


According to this book (,%20Banks,%20and%20American%20Foreign%20Policy.pdf), Roosevelt was a Morgan man. Check out page xii in the introduction.

TR was not a “rogue” against the special interests.

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