Circa 1904

William Howard Taft on a water buffalo.

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  1. Did you know that Mrs. Taft's Secret Service codename was "Pancake"? Its true.

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  2. Not an election year I guess.

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  3. Taft's mustache is mirrored by the buffalo's horns. In fact, the two beasts look remarkably similar in every respect.

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  4. Non de guerre: Your quip inspired me to look up the Mrs. Taft. She met William at a bobsledding party, and it was her idea to plant all those Japanese cherry trees in DC.

    Fez: I imagine the buffalo and Taft noticed that, too.

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  5. There is a resemblance between the two. Perhaps there was some empathy there.
    Both are stout and shortlegged...although the buffalo's legs may well have been shortened by the tremendous compressive force of the POTUS.

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  6. Was William H. Taft a better bobsledder or water buffalo racer? Wikipedia can only answer so many of history's great questions.

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  7. Anon: I wondered the same thing.

    Non: Both. He did it all.

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  8. He's "at the top of his game" (as ESPN the Magazine would put it), nevertheless; this is the face of a man who has gotten stuck in a bathtub.

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  9. When Taft moved back to America from the Philippines the water buffalo declined to go with him. Which is too bad, they could have used its help getting Taft out of that tub.

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