A newspaper that was violently opposed to the election of Theodore Roosevelt gave one of its expert photographers the task of obtaining a picture of the President that would show him in a repulsive pose, a picture that would cause the voters to form an unfavorable impression of him.
At last the desired photo was taken and duly publicized.
When the President met the photographer, he admitted that he had taken the picture and described the difficulties he met with in photographing the President in such an ugly attitude.
“How long did it take you to get that photograph?” the President asked in characteristically direct and pointed way.
“Seven weeks,” the photographer almost groaned.
“Then I will not worry,” said the President with his famous smile. “If I look that way only once in seven weeks, I cannot look so bad most of the time.”.