GIF: Taft’s wife Nellie pops up to disrupt Nationals presidents race

Presidents Race Jack in the Box Nellie TaftFriday night marked the anniversary of “Nellie” Taft’s death in 1943, and to memorialize the occasion with dignity, the 27th first lady popped out from a jack-in-the-box to spook the Nationals’ racing presidents and spur her husband William Howard Taft to victory.

Perhaps the late Helen Louise Herron Taft was making her first appearance at Nationals Park to check out the Cherry Blossoms. After all, it was Mrs. Taft who arranged for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry trees that grace the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.

The victory by husband Bill moved the Chief Justice into a first place tie with Abe Lincoln in the season standings.

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