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The Baltimore Sun

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, 1910, a year after he had left office. Since Roosevelt, presidents have associated themselves with the image of the cowboy to project a peculiarly American style of strength and independence. But over the years, "cowboy presidents" have been perceived as wearing black hats as well as white, as in the use of the perjorative label "cowboy diplomacy." An Autry Museum exhibit surveys the use of the cowboy image in photos, film, art and newspapers and showcases presidential saddles and other memorabilia. Library of Congress