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political theory selection 2004

Two bike accidents two American Presidential candidates

What can we learn from a bike accident? Two candidates two bicycle mishaps.
man of the people
man of the people
Why the long face Senator Kerry?
Why the long face Senator Kerry?
Ohhh so weary remembering to keep my stories strait.
Ohhh so weary remembering to keep my stories strait.
Ate a little gravel but finished the ride no nanny required.
Ate a little gravel but finished the ride no nanny required.
John Forbes Kerry rides a $5,000.00 custom built Serota European bicycle and wipes out in Concord Massachusetts after sterring directly into a patch of sand. John Forbes Kerry is whisked away in a limousine by his staff/butler/mommy while his bike is whisked to a bicycle shop by staffers.

George Walker Bush rides an American built mt. Bike and wipes out riding off road on a Texas ranch. George Walker Bush finishes his ride after an on the spot check up from a doctor.

Kerry pokes fun at Bush mishap


From combined dispatches
Democrat John Kerry joked about President Bush's weekend bicycle accident by comparing the president to a child, Internet newshound Matt Drudge reported yesterday.
"Kerry told reporters in front of cameras, 'Did the training wheels fall off?' " Mr. Drudge reported on his Web site, www.drudgereport.com.
Interviewed by The Washington Times yesterday, Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter would say only that the words Mr. Drudge reported were "off the record."
Mr. Drudge said the debate among reporters over the on-camera "training wheels" remark has been "whether to treat it as on or off the record."
In comments reported by the Associated Press, Mr. Kerry said, "I hope he's OK. I didn't know the president rode a bike."
Mr. Bush, who is widely ridiculed by liberals and Democrats as dumb and incompetent, suffered "minor abrasions and scratches" in the accident, which came near the end of a 17-mile mountain bike ride on his Texas ranch Saturday.
Mr. Kerry had his own bicycling mishap earlier this month, taking a spill while riding with Secret Service agents through Concord, Mass. Mr. Kerry fell when his bike hit a patch of sand. He was not injured.

Kerry takes a spill from bike
5/3/2004 9:12 AM
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry took a spill from his bicycle after hitting a patch of sand during a ride Sunday afternoon, but he was uninjured, campaign officials said.

Kerry was riding south on a two-lane road at about 1:00 p.m. in the direction of Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, a quiet, suburban town about 18 miles northwest of Boston.
He was approaching a stop light at the intersection with Route 2 and was slowing down when he veered left into the oncoming lane and fell, according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed him fall. Secret Service agents and local police immediately stopped traffic while Kerry and a handful of bicycling companions moved to the shoulder.
"He's fine. They took the bike into the bike shop, and he went home," said Kerry campaign adviser Michael Meehan.
The Massachusetts senator was riding his custom Serotta bicycle, and was wearing a helmet.
Kerry had returned to Massachusetts, where he has a home in Boston's posh Beacon Hill section, for a break from the campaign trail.
Kerry, 60, rides his bicycle as often as he can get free time on the campaign trail. He even brings it along with him on the campaign plane.

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Falling 24.May.2004 07:13

The Green Redneck (Kerry voter)

Trust me--falling on pavement is much harder than falling on dirt, I've done it both ways.

bush rides american? 24.May.2004 11:07

made up

"George Walker Bush rides an American built mt. Bike..."

Interesting statement. A few questions:
1) what brand was it? Huffy is an american company, but the bikes likely aren't made here...
2) what was your source?
3) It seems odd mr. bush would ride american, given his fondness of seeing jobs moved out of the country...


p.s. what kind of wimp rides with a mouth guard? oh yeah, bush.

Mouth guard 24.May.2004 16:03

The Green Redneck

It must be to protect him against pretzels:)