President Theodore Roosevelt riding a Moose across a river, 1908.
If any U.S. president was going to ride a moose across a lake, it would have been Teddy Roosevelt, but, alas, this photo represents one of the earliest political “fake news” reports. When this doctored photo was released to the public, Roosevelt was a third-party candidate running for the presidency for the Progressive Party alongside Republican William Howard Taft and Democrat Woodrow Wilson. The symbol for the Progressive Party was a Bull Moose so the photography firm of Underwood and Underwood painstakingly cut a photograph of Roosevelt on a horse and glued it to a photo of a moose wadding through a lake. Props to these guys for doing an excellent editing job pre-Photoshop.