May 23, 2004


George W. Bush hits the dirt:

President Bush fell off his bicycle Saturday while riding on his ranch, according to White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

Bush, who was accompanied on his bike ride by his doctor, Richard Tubb, a military agent and a member of the Secret Service, fell about 16 miles into a 17-mile ride.

Bush suffered minor abrasions to his chin, upper lip, nose, right hand and both knees, but was able to ride back home, Duffy said.

Drudge reports that John Kerry told journalists: "Did the training wheels fall off?" Which is an interesting statement.

UPDATE. The reason for Kerry's recent shoulder surgery? Fell off his bike in '92.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 23, 2004 02:43 PM

What a stupid and childish statement.

Posted by: Gideon at May 23, 2004 at 02:59 PM

If I remember correctly, Kerry ate dirt/sand a few weeks ago while on his $5000 bike. For an extra $3K he could have gotten training wheels i guess.

Posted by: vinny at May 23, 2004 at 03:14 PM

Bush....fell about 16 miles

That's a long way to fall. It proves just how tough he is!

Posted by: wallace at May 23, 2004 at 03:45 PM

Bush gets my vote simply for not wearing color coordinated lycra outfits and accessories when he bikes. (Have we seen Kerry in a speedo with monogrammed beach towels, yet?)

Posted by: c at May 23, 2004 at 04:00 PM

Stuff the election, let the two do short-track ice skating.

Posted by: Andjam at May 23, 2004 at 04:20 PM

"Did the training wheels fall off?"

Are you serious? What, is Kerry twelve years old?

Posted by: Quentin George at May 23, 2004 at 05:53 PM

Kerry really said that?

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 23, 2004 at 07:06 PM

As opposed to your various comments directed at a certain corpulent film director, which represent the very epitome of class and maturity.

Posted by: pch at May 23, 2004 at 08:10 PM

pch: Tim is a humorist. Kerry is a candidate for the highest office in the free world.

How is it that someone who is presumably grown-up enough to turn on the computor machine needs to have this explained to him?

Posted by: Brian Tiemann at May 23, 2004 at 08:33 PM

You're right. Kerry should have referred to Bush as a major-league asshole. That would have been far more presidential.

Posted by: pch at May 23, 2004 at 09:11 PM

Rode sixteen miles home? Whatta guy.

Imagine if Kerry had taken the same tumble. The screams of abuse at his SS detail, the Botox spread all over the hillside.....

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at May 23, 2004 at 09:29 PM

****Kerry should have referred to Bush as a major-league asshole. That would have been far more presidential***

....and technically accurate. PCH, your boy's going down in November. The last thing America needs in these times of challenge is President Flipper. Start coming to terms with it now, okay?

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at May 23, 2004 at 09:33 PM

Yeah, I guess Kerry will come up to Bush later and jokingly say, "Hey, can I borrow your training wheels?"

That would put him on the same level as Bush, who called Clymer a "major league" at a press meeting later.

Seriously: if you're having that much difficulty seeing the difference between these statements and their circumstances, and how much vulgarity every President has used when he thinks the mikes are off, as opposed to epithets intended deliberately for public consumption—argh. Never mind. It's too late at night to take this to a fourth paragraph.

Posted by: Brian Tiemann at May 23, 2004 at 09:39 PM

the fourth paragraph:
bush ran a 20 minute 5k (3 miles) a couple years ago
that's impressive
yes - politicians trade insults, but it's a lotta fun catching them out, brian
we pay for them after all

Posted by: ilibcc at May 23, 2004 at 09:59 PM

It's one thing to make a remark you believe is not for broadcast ("major league").

When cameras are NOT rolling it's easy to drop your guard and say stupid ADULT things. I can easily imagine Pres. Bush's comment to have been made by an adult. I'm sure all of us hear variations of this at work from time to time. Adults do say these things.

It's an entirely different matter to make a comment like Kerry did IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS.

"Kerry told reporters in front of cameras, 'Did the training wheels fall off?'... "

It's such a juvenile remark, it's hard to believe it's being uttered by one of my state's senators. Someone else made a comment about Kerry's age. I'd say this kind of remark would be expected from a 9 - 12 year old. Not from someone who may become our president. Not by an adult in front of cameras and reporters.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at May 23, 2004 at 11:08 PM

Well, now we know what Kerry really thinks of Bush. I am so looking forward to the rest of the campaign. I wonder when Kerry will start putting his thumbs in his ears, waggling his fingers, and saying "I know you are but what am I" at debates. That'll go down real well in Middle America. (PS, pch, at least "major-league asshole" is an insult a grownup would say.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 23, 2004 at 11:34 PM

One thing people don't realize is that Bush crashed on his mountain bike, whereas Kerry went down on his road bike. Anyone who knows anything about mountain biking vs. road biking is aware of the fact you crash a LOT more frequently on a mountain fact you are EXPECTED to hit the dirt at least occasionally. In twenty years of racing and riding road bikes I crashed three times. In the past six years of mountain biking I've fallen literally hundreds, and I'm a pretty skilled rider (block long wheelies, manuals, twelve foot drops, etc.)

Posted by: Paul at May 24, 2004 at 12:20 AM

But Paul, the Bush Administration LIED about how easy mountain biking was before charging into it recklessly with no plan and now he's crashed!

It's Vietnam all over again. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!! QUAGMIIIIIIIIIIIRE!

Posted by: Sortelli at May 24, 2004 at 01:18 AM

Hey, pch, quit calling yourself the name of my favorite road.

Posted by: ushie at May 24, 2004 at 02:12 AM

Check this out from Drudge too, the Bush twins are posing for Vogue.

Posted by: aaron at May 24, 2004 at 02:42 AM

You guys are right. This is obviously just a juvenile joke. It couldn't possibly be a reference to Bush's recent comments about training wheels and Iraq. Nah, that'd go over people's heads.

Posted by: Robert at May 24, 2004 at 02:54 AM

Nice catch, still childish.

Posted by: aaron at May 24, 2004 at 02:58 AM

Byron_the_aussie sez:

"Imagine if Kerry had taken the same tumble. The screams of abuse at his SS detail, the Botox spread all over the hillside....."

The application for a Purple Heart....

Posted by: ralph phelan at May 24, 2004 at 03:02 AM

Jeez, how stupid is Kerry? He thinks you can put training wheels on a mountain bike? Before you go mountain biking?

Of course, I realize that Kerry doesn't actually own a moutain bike. The family does, but he doesn't.

Posted by: David Crawford at May 24, 2004 at 04:17 AM

Yo, Robert! Tell me how you compare falling off a $5000 bike on a flat road with creating a new government in Iraq.

Hint #1: Training wheels for bikes really exist and people really use them.

Hint #2: Training wheels for a government is a metaphor.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 24, 2004 at 04:55 AM

Then again Kerry will decided tomorrow that he was young when he made that remark and shouldn't be held accountable. Followed by a reversal and then back again...........etc
Flip, Flop We go!

Posted by: dave S at May 24, 2004 at 05:17 PM

I'll bet there'll be some editorial about Bush giving his address while cut up. Something like:

"A battered and bruised President Bush attempted to outline his plans to finish the job in Iraq. Yet, the injuries seem to be symbolic of the damage that has been done to the war effort."

Posted by: Eric at May 24, 2004 at 06:41 PM

Mountain biking is all about Mud, Blood and Glory.

No Blood, no Glory.

Which means that the Prez did rather well.

Posted by: Katherine at May 25, 2004 at 04:40 AM

Did Bush say "fuck you" to his Secret Service guy after he got up"

I didn't think so.

Posted by: Yehudit at May 25, 2004 at 01:21 PM