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The Nationals are adding a new Racing President. Who will it be?

What you see above is a Nationals tweet from Wednesday. You might be familiar with the team's Racing Presidents, a group that up until now has consisted solely of the four on Mount Rushmore. With the promise of a fifth, necessarily non-Rushmore president joining the fold as a new racer and mascot, speculation has run rampant on their identity. Who will it be? Let's break down some possibilities:

John Adams


Why it will be him: Never gets his due as a hugely influential Founding Father, reputation is on the rise thanks to David McCullough book and HBO miniseries

Why it won't: Signed the Alien and Sedition Acts, lacks the athletic, physically imposing bearing of his contemporaries Washington and Jefferson

Odds: 50 to 1

Grover Cleveland


Why it will be him: Officially considered both the 22nd and 24th presidents, might allow for two mascots representing each term, thus doubling chances to win

Why it won't: Crucial voting bloc to his election was called the "Mugwumps," not generally well thought-of or remembered

Odds: 1000 to 1

John F. Kennedy


Why it will be him: Already made a cameo appearance in mascot form at the Presidents Race, 50 years later nation is still held rapt by the cult of him and his glamorous family

Why it won't: Many health problems could jeopardize racing success, presence at stadium could bring out conspiracy nuts

Odds: 5 to 2

Josiah Bartlet


Why it will be him: Most popular president in generations, intervened to prevent genocide in Equatorial Kundu

Why it won't: Smoker, fictional

Odds: 1500 to 1

Barack Obama


Why it will be him: Hard to argue with going with the incumbent, could score the Nats some more visits by him

Why it won't: Hard to imagine a represenation of a sitting president dancing to "Gangnam Style" and rubbing bald men's heads, real Obama roots for the White Sox

Odds: 7 to 1

All of them


Why it will be them: Why not? Nightly 43-man free-for-all sounds breathtaking, team can probably make Guinness Book of Records for most mascots

Why it won't: Probably would require building new mascot clubhouse, dealing with crying children who thought they were getting a picture with Washington only to realize it's William Henry Harrison

Odds: 75 to 1

What do you think? Tell us in the comments which president you hope it is!

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