White House Throws Support Behind Teddy Roosevelt in Nationals' Presidents Race

Press Secretary Jay Carney says the Nationals should let Roosevelt win the Presidents Race for once.


The list of supporters clamoring for Teddy Roosevelt to win a presidents race at a Washington Nationals baseball game is growing longer and more powerful each day.

Thursday, the White House threw its support behind the mascot version of the nation's 26th president, who is an astounding 0-518 in Nationals' Presidents Race contests, which are held during the middle of the fourth inning at every home game. Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain told ESPN he was "outraged" that Teddy had never won a race.

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"[Roosevelt] brought America into the 20th century and transitioned us from a relatively minor nation into a great power," McCain said. "I'm paying a lot of attention to the fact that one of the truly great presidents in history has never won a race. I'm outraged. That's why I'm calling for congressional hearings to right this horrible wrong."

Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney threw his support behind the founder of the Bull Moose Party too, telling reporters he wants Teddy to win a race as well.

"This is an outrage. I agree with Senator McCain, I'm comfortable saying my boss agrees with Senator McCain," he said.

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In the four years since Nationals Park opened, Teddy has been a picture of ineptitude: He's been disqualified for using vehicles, tripped, punched, and run the wrong way. But he's mostly just run slower than his counterparts, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, who have all won plenty of races.

With the Nationals on the verge of locking down their first-ever playoff appearance, the drumbeat of people hoping Teddy finally gets in the win column is growing ever louder. It started last year with the Nats' prized free agent signing of Jayson Werth, who has said that Teddy's streak "needs to be addressed" and has physically interfered with races in an attempt to Let Teddy Win.

Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at jkoebler@usnews.com