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    Bush falls off bike - and he's our president? yikes

    From CNN.COM

    CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- 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.

    Tubb treated the president at the scene. Bush was wearing a helmet and a mouth guard when he fell, Duffy said.

    Reporters were told not to be surprised if the president is bandaged next time he appears in public.

    Bush is scheduled to deliver an "important speech" Monday night about the transfer of political power in Iraq. The speech will be televised at 8 p.m. from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

    Last June in Kennebunkport, the president fell while riding a "Segway Human Transporter." First lady Laura Bush witnessed the spill; a picture of Bush falling forward was published on numerous Web sites. He was not injured.

    In January 2002, Bush fainted for a brief time in the residence of the White House while eating a pretzel and watching a professional football game on television.

    At the time, Tubb said the president blacked out and fell to the floor from a couch but appeared to have recovered quickly.

    Following that incident, Bush had a bruise on his lower lip and a scrape on his left cheek bone about the size of a half-dollar. Bush believed his head either hit the floor or a table next to the couch and that his glasses cut his face.

    Despite Saturday's fall, the president and first lady still planned to go to a graduation celebration in Austin for their daughter Jenna.

    The White House confirmed that Jenna did not go to her University of Texas graduation ceremony Saturday to pick up her English degree.

    Her parents had already decided not to attend, saying they did not want to disrupt the event by their presence and that of White House security.

    Jenna's twin sister, Barbara, graduates Monday from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, with a degree in humanities.

    Her parents gave the same reason for not attending her ceremony. Aides said they plan to have a private dinner later.

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    in the story they say he was wearing a mouth guard? I don't get that....

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    And who on this forum has not had a spill on thier bike?

    I do not get the mouth guard thing either.

    (not a Shrub supporter)

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    I guess you can choose between a guy who falls off a mountain bike and a guy who falls off a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    I guess you can choose between a guy who falls off a mountain bike and a guy who falls off a road bike.
    No, I think the score is, right now, to our knowledge 2 or 3 to 1... Kerry - 1, Dubya 2 (maybe 3)... as follows:

    Kerry - road bicycle spill

    Dubya - MTB spill, Segway spill (2) and some people like to mention choking on a pretzel (so maybe 3)...

    Anyway, we've all taken spills, so that's cool... its the crashing a segway that concerns me - I'm notcing some pattern here... he gets around like he talks - stumbling and fumbling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdx_gay_guy
    Bush was wearing a helmet and a mouth guard
    He should wear that last thing more often

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    They don't let Georgie out to play without his mouthguard. Now you know why...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertsdvd
    Dubya - MTB spill, Segway spill (2) and some people like to mention choking on a pretzel (so maybe 3)...
    You know, these are starting to sound like the kinds of excuses
    you hear from battered women who are protecting their abusive
    husbands. I wonder if Rummy is pushing George around, giving
    him the occasional beating, and George just doesn't want anyone
    to know what a wuss he is. So he makes up these ridiculous
    things about "fainting" and "falling off a bicycle." When he
    "walks into a door frame" we'll know for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late
    They don't let Georgie out to play without his mouthguard. Now you know why...
    Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluejack
    You know, these are starting to sound like the kinds of excuses
    you hear from battered women who are protecting their abusive
    husbands. I wonder if Rummy is pushing George around, giving
    him the occasional beating, and George just doesn't want anyone
    to know what a wuss he is. So he makes up these ridiculous
    things about "fainting" and "falling off a bicycle." When he
    "walks into a door frame" we'll know for sure.
    Even nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdx_gay_guy
    in the story they say he was wearing a mouth guard? I don't get that....
    As I posted in a couple of other threads, the mouthguard is for pretzel protection.
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    The scariest thing is not that he fell off a bike--who on this list hasn't done that?--but that he dumped a Segway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oscaregg
    The scariest thing is not that he fell off a bike--who on this list hasn't done that?--but that he dumped a Segway!
    Those things are said to be "idiot proof". I guess one can draw their own logical conclusion from that. From what I understand, the built-in gyroscopic stabiliser doesn't really work too well if you don't turn it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluejack
    You know, these are starting to sound like the kinds of excuses
    you hear from battered women who are protecting their abusive
    husbands. I wonder if Rummy is pushing George around, giving
    him the occasional beating, and George just doesn't want anyone
    to know what a wuss he is. So he makes up these ridiculous
    things about "fainting" and "falling off a bicycle." When he
    "walks into a door frame" we'll know for sure.
    No, this thread is a joke! Everyone knows that GWB can kick Kerrys Butt anywhere anytime..Kerry has a glass jaw!

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    I think the American cycling community are owed a 24 hour adrenlyn competition between Bush and Kerry...
    Will the event be split by roadies vs. mtb supporters..
    Heck, the debates are so staged, they are worthless.
    He who wins the presidency wins based on technical points awarded by a panel of cycling judges. He who can't ride a bike, as George Wallace once pointed out, should not be president.

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    Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live. -Mark Twain
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot
    I think the American cycling community are owed a 24 hour adrenlyn competition between Bush and Kerry.....
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    it wouldn't even be a contest: from National Review, "Kerry Surprised by Bush fall..

    But we understand your surprise. In your world, where you get a trial run down the ski slopes before the photographers are invited along, it's hard to envision someone sweating and panting for the pure physical joy of it all. That's what the president does, and why his resting pulse rate is somewhere around 45 beats per minute... a lot closer to professional cyclist Lance Armstrong's resting pulse than that of the senator from Massachusetts.

    Of course, that's only speculation. We don't acturally know John Kerry's heart rate, because he won't release his full medical records. Search "John Kerry" and "medical records" on the Internet, and you get a statement from his campaign detailing his medical condition...in the 1960s.


    Kerrry made a snide remark and then realized he better drop the health issue....FAST.

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    I don't know about anyone else, but I'm definately planning to base my decision in November on resting heart rates.

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    Robert...There are days it would be better a president fake his death; if that mean't that person might skip making certain decisions.Just call it a day off work...... By that I mean, some heart rates are so slow, one thinks one not alive.

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    What has either major candidate really done for the cause of cycling?

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    What brand of bike does Dubya have? (not a Huffy, I presume!) or is that classified?

    CNN's Larry King fell off a mountain bike at Ted Turner's ranch in Montana I think a year or two ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfy
    What brand of bike does Dubya have? (not a Huffy, I presume!) or is that classified?

    CNN's Larry King fell off a mountain bike at Ted Turner's ranch in Montana I think a year or two ago.
    The question is also being pondered over in the Mtb forum. One of our Texas members thinks his shop might have serviced an executive Trek Fuel 90.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfy
    CNN's Larry King fell off a mountain bike at Ted Turner's ranch in Montana I think a year or two ago.
    That had to be priceless watching "the frog" take a tumble. I would love to see some footage of that. BTW, yeah just about everybody crashes on a bike. However most on here ride a lot of miles in order to crash. I am averaging about a crash every 1000 miles right now.

    I am not aware that Bush is a regular bike rider. I bet he is averaging about a crash every 17 miles. I don't eat that many pretzels but I have never choked on one. I don't know Bush's pretzel choking rate but i speculate that is bad as well. Anybody see a trend here?

    (oh yeah....and then there is Iraq. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by John E
    What has either major candidate really done for the cause of cycling?
    Well, I guess one has shown he can ride a bike and one has shown he can't.

    BTW - I'm still waiting for a reply from CNN. I think the mouthgaurd has to be a mistake - or a lie, but that has never happened by this administration, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    hah! he's to dumb to even know how to ride a bike! ahahahahaha~! (i hate bush.. why couldn't a car just run him over?)


    "In January 2002, Bush fainted for a brief time in the residence of the White House while eating a pretzel and watching a professional football game on television."


    damn fool can't even eat a pretzel right!
    You do realize that now you are in the FBI/CIA terrorist conspiracy watch database those thoughts are illegal and you will be made accountable for it!

    But seriously loook real hard at the consequenses if dubya dies. God spare us...

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