With a packed crowd gathered around the NatsFest mainstage, Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes welcomed the fifth presidents race regular as “The Big Chief,” a reference to Taft’s years as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Slowes proceeded to interview the Big Chief, rather awkwardly given that the former president was of course silent; but one thing was made clear. Taft is not here to make friends. When Slowes mentioned the other presidents, the packed crowd burst into chants of “Teddy, Teddy, leading the Rough Rider to come out from behind the stage and confront his old nemesis Taft.
After the festivities, Taft immediate stung back at Teddy, tweeting “It was lovely meeting all the fans and my only real competition – George, Tom & Abe – at #NatsFest today.”
Immediate reactions on Twitter seemed to focus on Big Bill’s girth, or lack thereof:
@KirbysLeftEye He doesn’t look very fat.
@gregjbarry too thin.
@DavidYoungTBLA insufficiently corpulent
@MMisurek he should be MUCH more hefty #335lb
@jasontfisher3 not big enough
@ChiefAgitator Prez Taft was MUCH fatter
@mrsplacedsoul shouldn’t he be more… well… more?
Full video below, courtesy of front row mainstay and Rubber Chicken Man Hugh Kaufman: