You often hear Theodore Roosevelt described as “larger than life,” which I think we can all agree is pretty accurate. As Kathleen Dalton writes in Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life, “He sought to keep his inner life and less attractive traits well hidden. And then the other thing that makes this harder, that we've talked about, is the changing views of Theodore Roosevelt. I think that says a lot not about Theodore Roosevelt, but about how our view of Theodore Roosevelt is shaped. McCarthy: OK, so the rumor goes that Theodore Roosevelt had a tattoo on his chest of the Roosevelt Family crest.