Video: Racing Presidents on the Inaugural Ball circuit

Racing Presidents at the Kids Inaugural Ball and concert

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The Washington Nationals racing presidents let loose on Saturday evening as the Rushmore Four warmed up for Katy Perry and Usher, and Michelle Obama, then traded in their racing shoes for cowboy boots to kick off inaugural weekend.

The DC Convention Center hosted its first unofficial presidents race early Saturday evening as the Nationals mascots warmed up the crowd at the first Kids’ Inaugural Concert:

Racing Presidents at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

Photo:Tanya Pai/Washingtonian Magazine

Teddy Roosevelt at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball

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George Washington at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

Photo:Charlie Neibergall/AP

Abe Lincoln at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel

Charlie Neibergall/AP

The invitation-only event, hosted by Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and their children, featured performances by Usher and Katy Perry, and honored hundreds of kids from military families and Washington D.C. area schools.

George, Tom, Abe and Teddy then changed out of their red racing uniforms and joined the revelry at the 2013 Texas Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord National Harbor resort.

Unlike four years ago when the racing presidents were spread thin across a number of evening events, the Texas State Society ponied up and staked their claim to all four of DC’s famous ten foot tall mascots on the first of three nights of inaugural festivities.

Notorious as one of the largest inaugural balls, The Black Tie and Boots affair was spread across five ballrooms, but the presidents were hard to miss as they joined the revelers on the dance floor, getting down to the music of Tracy Byrd, Jack Ingram, and Asleep at the Wheel.

Leveraging the privileges of higher office, the racing presidents took their turns joining the bands on stage. These AP photos captured Abe and George with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Inaugural festivities continue through tomorrow.

Video courtesy of YouTube member adhinchman

Video: Racing Presidents in Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Nationals Racing Presidents Dance The NutcrackerThe Nationals racing presidents continued a three year old tradition on Thursday by appearing in The Washington Ballet’s annual production of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker.

The racing presidents took the stage one at a time to perform ballet’s famous Russian Dance, with Teddy Roosevelt making the final entrance and of course drawing the loudest applause from the partisan crowd.

Here, courtesy of The Washington Ballet, is their performance:

Video courtesy of The Washington Ballet

Teddy’s Presidents Race Win Makes Most Buzz Worthy Moments of 2012

Yahoo Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012 - Teddy Roosevelt WinsWhat does Teddy Roosevelt have in common with Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, and Binders Full of Women?

They all made Yahoo!’s new video tribute to the Most Buzz-Worthy Moments of 2012.

Watch the video at Yahoo! News (including the Blog’s finish line video by regular contributor lfahome).

Presidents Race Gingerbread House at NIH

Gingerbread Presidents Race at NIHThe National Institutes of Health Clinical Center is holding its Seventh Annual Gingerbread House Contest in its Bethesda headquarters, and alert reader Cindy Smith Clinton shared this photo of one notable entry — a DC Mall scene featuring Teddy Roosevelt winning a presidents race on the National Mall.

The meticulously decorated gingerbread creation includes the Washington Monument and Capitol Building, with Teddy breaking the tape and 2012 champion George Washington lying in defeat.

Entries are on display in the atrium of the NIH Hatfield Building through the holidays. You can view all the entries, including a replica of Nationals Park, and vote for your favorite here through December 15.

Photo: Cindy Smith Clinton

Teddy loses to GMU Patriot. Crowd boos.

Teddy Roosevelt’s unprecedented post-season winning streak apparently doesn’t extend beyond the Nationals Park presidents race, but the Rough Rider’s popularity clearly does.

The University of Virginia Cavaliers basketball team visited the George Mason Patriots Friday night, and the Patriot Center crowd was treated to a dance competition between Nationals racing presidents Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and GMU’s mascot The Patriot.

Teddy drew extended cheers from the Patriot Center crowd, and when The Patriot was declared the winner, booing ensued.

In a basketball shootout that followed, The Patriot tackled Teddy.

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Teddy says retirement is out of the question

Teddy Roosevelt chats with The Washington PostStill basking in the glow from Wednesday’s historic victory, Nationals mascot Teddy Roosevelt participated in a live online chat Friday with The Washington Post, and gave an emphatic denial to rumors of his retirement.

“Retirement? RETIREMENT?,” the mascot wrote. “Let me make this clear, I will NOT be retiring anytime soon! The best is YET to come!”

Nats broadcast F.P. Santangelo had speculated about a night of boozing it up on the town in celebration Wednesday, but Teddy tried to put that to bed as well.

“To tell ya the truth, I went home and got some much needed rest.,” he wrote. “…I want to make sure I am ready to go when the Nats come home for NLDS Game 3!”

On his relationships with George, Tom, and Abe:

“We don’t really talk about the racing much. On the field, we are all fierce competitors, but off the field we are good friends.”

Full transcript here.

Photo: The Washington Post

Photo: Racing presidents celebrate the 4th at the White House

Washington Nationals racing presidents at the white houseOne benefit of being a former president for the summer: Security clearance.

For the second year in a row, the Nationals racing presidents joined president Barack Obama and his family for an Independence Day barbecue honoring military heroes and their families at the White House, joining other celebrities including country singer Brad Paisley (pictured).

Photo: Washington Nationals

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