In fact, the only sitting President to attend the Kentucky Derby was Richard Nixon in 1969.
The next year in 1970, Rolling Stone writer Hunter S. Thompson brought his own style of Gonzo Journalism to Louisville, mixing talk of Black Panthers, Vietnam, Barry Goldwater, Colonel Sanders - and of course - Nixon, as well.
The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved - Thompson's unparalleled dive into Derby weekend is simply mandatory reading - whether you like horses, politics, or neither.
"Along with the politicians, society belles and local captains of commerce, every half-mad dingbat who ever had any pretensions to anything at all within five hundred miles of Louisville will show up there to get strutting drunk and slap a lot of backs and generally make himself obvious," Thompson wrote.
I've been lucky enough to go to Churchill Downs several times for both the Kentucky Derby and the Breeder's Cup - it's an enjoyable day, especially if you cash a few tickets along the way.
On one of my visits, I ran into then Sen. Wendell Ford, who served both as a Governor of Kentucky, and then for four terms in the U.S. Senate.
On race day, I was down in the lobby of my hotel getting the newspaper, and there was Ford, working the hallways and greeting people, all smiles as he recognized me from the halls of Congress.
He made it clear that he wanted to make sure I had a good time that day.
"I just got one piece of advice for you," Ford said, leaning in to emphasize his words, like a Quarterback calling a big play late in the game.
"Get it on, son!" Ford said with a big smile. "Git it on!"
Who am I picking on Saturday? I'll take the #5 horse, Always Dreaming.