Which US president was the sportiest

Obama, Lincoln & Co .: The sportiest US presidents of all time

It must have been because Barack Obama was playing basketball on election day. He'd let it go once, in 2008, and in the Democratic Party's primary election in New Hampshire, he promptly lost to Hillary Clinton. Since then, Obama has been playing basketball when the voters go to the polls. So now again: With 19 other players he met at “Attack Athletics” in Chicago. A few hours later, the old and new President of the United States announced, "Four more years".

Obama's pickup games are legendary and his enthusiasm for basketball has been proven. The President is also the first fan when it comes to this sport, especially when it comes to important college games: he has results presented to him in meetings.

Obama himself allegedly prefers to be on a golf course, presumably his ambition drives him there: In Washington they say that the jump shot of the incumbent "POTUS" (President of the United States) is currently considerably better than his golf swing.

No matter how sporty a US president may be: Once a year he is expected not to make a fool of himself. Since 1910, the incumbent head of state has been supposed to carry out a “Ceremonial First Pitch”, the first throw at a baseball game on the first day of the season, at the All-Star game or at the start of the World Series. That was not infrequently rather embarrassing before Bill Clinton set standards in 1993: As the first President, he successfully threw the ball from the throwing hill to the bat. The distance is 18.54 meters.

Obama is a big fan of the Chicago White Sox, but the Bush family has the closest ties to the American national sport, baseball. George W. Bush, Obama's predecessor, was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers for a while, and his father was very good at this game: George H.W. Bush played for Yale University, competed in two college championships in the 1940s, and is the only president for whom a baseball card has been printed. Sounds silly, but it's a great honor in America.

US presidents of the 19th century still considered croquet or billiards to be suitable physical training, and Abraham Lincoln (1861 to 1865) was active as a wrestler. It was Teddy Roosevelt (1901 to 1909) that made sport socially acceptable in the White House. The 26th President had a tennis court built and also said: "It is much more important that a man engages in sport, even if he does it badly, than watching others play with hundreds of people." Teddy Roosevelt was asthmatic as a child - exercise helped him against the disease.

Many of the subsequent presidents were very athletic, but especially those after the Second World War. John F. Kennedy (1961 to 1963) was known to swim, sail, and play football. Successor Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 to 1969) was more interested in fishing and hunting, which in America is considered a sport. Richard Nixon (1969 to 1974) was not a very noticeable football player as a student, besides the Watergate scandal, he left the country a bowling alley in the White House.

This was followed by Jimmy Carter (1977 to 1981), the passionate jogger, Ronald Reagan (1981 to 1989), who until his death boasted that he had saved 77 lives as a lifeguard, and George Bush Sr. (1989 to 1993), who celebrates big birthdays like his 85th last year with a skydive. Bill Clinton (1993-2001) did what many of the counterparts did and are doing: he played golf. George Bush Jr. (2001 to 2009) liked to ride a bicycle - but reportedly fell frequently.

The best and most successful athlete among the previous 44 US presidents, however, was and is probably Gerald Ford, who took over from the resigned Nixon in 1977. Ford played football for the University of Michigan, he was an excellent center and linebacker and won the national title with the Wolverines in 1932 and 1933. His shirt number 48 is no longer in use. As president, Ford, who died in 2006, had an outdoor pool built in the White House, and he also played golf - but more to the amusement of his teammates.

Ford set the sporting standard for the subsequent US presidents, so to speak - and yet he was considered “klutz”, a clumsy man with poor motor skills: Among other things, because he stumbled down the gangway when leaving Air Force One.

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