Freeze-frames of Politicians Playing Sports Are Our Greatest Natural Resource

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Last night, New Jersey governor and third baseman Chris Christie was named the MVP of a charity softball game at Yankee Stadium. We assume the award was given based on the strength of this photograph alone. 

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I woke up like this.Photo: John Lamparski/2015 John Lamparski

Christie’s performance was a useful reminder that pictures of politicians playing sports are among our greatest natural resources and should be treasured accordingly. For the leaders below, the looks of utter concentration, meditative calm, and befuddling awkwardness they showcase so naturally while trying to be athletic may not prove that they are qualified to be president, but they do prove that politicians are human, a fact often disputed. All people, regardless of talent or stature, are required to make funny faces while playing sports, as dictated by the laws of physics. And that is a beautiful thing. 

Senator Rand Paul

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This is what I call the "pre-filibuster stretch."Photo: Tom Williams/2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Hillary Clinton

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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton ready for pitch during White House party for Ken Burns film series "Baseball."Photo: Cynthia Johnson/Cynthia Johnson

Rick Santorum

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Hey voters. Photo: Shaun Heasley/2005 Getty Images

George Pataki

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Govener George Pataki scores a goal for New York City youth through the Nike Go Program. Photo: Jemal Countess

Dick Cheney

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Photo: GEORGE BRIDGES/2006 MCT

President Richard Nixon

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President Richard Nixon rears back and gets set to toss out the first ball to open the 1969 baseball season.Photo: null/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

President John F. Kennedy

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President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball to officially open the 1962 baseball season.Photo: PhotoQuest/NARA

Secretary of State John Kerry

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John Kerry heads a soccer ball with young players from the Denver Power Soccer Academy on the tarmac in 2004. Photo: BRIAN SNYDER/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

Presidents Bush

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush watches as his son, former President George W. Bush, throws a ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in 2010.Photo: BRIAN SNYDER/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

President Bill Clinton and Al Gore

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Running mates.Photo: Ira Wyman/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

Mitt Romney

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RUN AWAY!Photo: George Frey/2015 Getty Images

Senator Jeff Flake

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ACK. It's a tea party primary candidate!Photo: Tom Williams

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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Kevin "The Whip" McCarthyPhoto: Tom Williams/© 2013 CQ Roll Call

Representative Paul Ryan

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tries to evade defender Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., during a flag football practice on the Mall.Photo: Tom Williams

Senator Cory Booker

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I replied to 20 tweets in the two seconds I was in the air.Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/2011 NBAE

Anthony Weiner

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Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., sits in the dugout with a black eye at the 46th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.Photo: Tom Williams

Rob Ford

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford punts as he runs football practice at Don Bosco Secondary School after leaving City Hall.Photo: STEVE RUSSELL/2012 Toronto Star

Donald Trump

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I am the most qualified baseball player, because I have considered buying all of them.Photo: New York Daily News Archive/2006/Daily News, L.P. (New York)