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Teddy Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt during a campaign stop in Milwaukee in 1912, and out of it came one of the best speeches he ever gave. John Shrank shot him with one bullet, which passed through Roosevelt's steel eyeglass case and a folded 50-page speech. It lodged in his chest, but did not puncture his lung, so he decided to give his speech before getting medical attention. He started his speech with the famous line, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose," and continued to speak for over an hour before finally going to the hospital. It all happened in the Gilpatrick Hotel, which is now the site of the Hyatt Regency, where a plaque and display commemorate the event.
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