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Old 02-27-06, 09:02 PM   #1
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Bush crashed into Scotish Police Officer on bike

Couldn't figure out the best place to post this. I thought it was a parody at first, perhaps something about critical mass and anti-globalization protests, as it was at the g8 summit last July, but no. Apparantly he was waving to the officer at the time. Bush laughed it off; the officer ended up on crutches. The link is at the bottom, in case it sounds surreal to you too.

Bush 'waving when fell off bike'
US President George W Bush was waving to police when he fell off his bike at the G8 summit in Scotland last July, newly published police papers reveal.
Mr Bush was shouting "Thanks, you guys, for coming" when he lost control and collided with an officer, the documents obtained by Scotland on Sunday show.

The smash left Mr Bush with scrapes on his hands and arms, and the policeman needing crutches for an ankle injury.

At the time, Mr Bush laughed off the crash as a sign "I should act my age".

The police report confirms that Mr Bush later telephoned the injured policeman to ask how he was and to apologise.

The cause of the officer's injury was officially recorded as being "hit by a moving/falling object".

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The report details how the police unit, dressed in riot gear, was guarding a road outside the Gleneagles Hotel when Mr Bush cycled up on a damp road.

"As the president passed the junction at speed he raised his left arm from the handlebars to wave to the police officers present while shouting 'Thanks, you guys, for coming'.

"As he did this he lost control of the cycle, falling to the ground, causing both himself and his bicycle to strike [the officer] on the lower legs," it says.

The White House made no comment on the report.

Mr Bush's usual cycling trails are near his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and near a Secret Service training facility at Beltsville, Maryland.

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Published: 2006/02/27 16:05:23 GMT

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Old 02-27-06, 09:07 PM   #2
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Tis why I don't like taking my hands off of the steering. Oh well, as they say, at least he's riding. I would have liked to see how that happened. I'm surprised that an officer would be hurt or even hit by something as small as that.
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did he break with his face?
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Old 02-28-06, 07:30 AM   #4
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My goodness... news travels fast! This happened, like, last summer....

I love a good "W" story where he looks like a fool, but we've all fallen on our bikes and looked like a fool from time to time (especially those of us who have done the slow motion forgot-to-unclip-at-a-stoplight fall in our new clipless pedals....).

Hey, it's not like he shot his friend or anything....!
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