Tuesday, March 12, 2013
MARCH 12 TAFT JOINS 'PRESIDENTIAL SPRINT' AT NATIONALS GAMES
The DUNER BLOG staff loves sports. So, we are thrilled about the return of baseball in a fortnight's time. Hungry for silly sports stories, everyone salivated when we heard a new president was being added to the famed "Presidential Sprint" at Washington Nationals home games. Sorry, for our international readers (and American's who don't follow ridiculous pop culture..) here's a quick definition. During lulls in American sporting events, we have mascots entertain us with dances, skits and cheers. The silliest such routine is the 'Presidental Sprint' in D.C. Every fourth inning, twelve-foot-high goofy replicas of US Presidents race each other in foul territory.
Never heard of Taft? For starters, the 27th President was our nation's largest. He weighed over 300 LBS (135 kg). There's a legend about Tubby Taft getting stuck in the White House bathtub...but we'll stick to the important stuff. In the 1908 election, Taft soudly defeated William Jennings Bryan. Historians credit Teddy Roosevelt's endorsement for this victory, as the Republican Party was riding a crest of popularity. In office, Taft's term was rather uneventful. Domestically, he employed a conservative fiscal policy. Internationally, he stayed out of Mexico's violent revolution. His stand-offish relationship with the press hurt his re-election campaign in 1912, when he was defeated by Woodrow Wilson. Hmm...not exactly a resume comparable with his peers in the Presidential Sprint!?!