President Obama had a busy Thursday evening at the ballpark.
In between bringing gifts of White House beer for the winners of Thursday's 54th annual congressional baseball game and promoting a fast-track trade negotiating authority bill, Mr. Obama also took the opportunity to challenge some former presidents to a race.
White House photographer Pete Souza snapped a photo of Mr. Obama sandwiched between Washington Nationals mascots Thomas Jefferson (popularly known as "Tom") and William Howard Taft ("Bill"), with George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln on either side. During every home game at Nationals Park, the big-headed foam likenesses of America's former chief executives take off around the field in a "Presidents Race," providing fans some entertainment during the fourth inning.
According to Souza, when Mr. Obama saw the larger-than-life former presidents, he halted his motorcade as it was leaving the stadium in order to greet -- and challenge -- his predecessors.
And as for the winners of the 24 bottles of White House-brewed beer: Democrats eventually won the game over Republicans, 5-2.