Picture of the Day: Obama Literally Speaks Softly, Carries Big Stick

More

Or, "I got your Chicago-style politics right here, pal."

obamabat.banner.WH.jpg
Pete Souza / The White House

When Teddy Roosevelt said the U.S. government should speak softly and carry a big stick, he presumably didn't mean literally. Of course, Roosevelt was fond of weapons, but not sticks; recordings show he spoke plenty loud.

But Barack Obama -- who has made no secret of his admiration for the 26th president, most notably by returning to the site of Roosevelt's Osawatomie, Kansas, speech to make one of his own -- seems to have taken the advice literally, as he listens while wielding what we can only assume is an all-American Louisville slugger.

Hat tip: Philip Bump

Jump to comments
Presented by

David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What's the Number One Thing We Could Do to Improve City Life?

A group of journalists, professors, and non-profit leaders predict the future of livable, walkable cities


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In