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US leader crashed by trying to ‘pedal, wave and speak at same time’. This story is on the release of details of a 2005 bicycle crash at the Gleneagles golf resort in Scotland, where the Chimperor collided with a police officer. Bush was getting a little R&R; while at the G8 summit.

He may be the most powerful man in the world, but proof has emerged that President George Bush cannot ride a bike, wave and speak at the same time.

…After a hard day’s discussion with fellow world leaders, the president was looking for some relaxation. Instead, he ended up the subject of a police report in which the leader of the free world was described, in classic police language, as a “moving/falling object“.

Here’s how the crash unfolded — The Scotsman reports that the facts were kept under wraps for “fear of embarrassing Bush” by the local police. When you read this, it’s obvious why.

“[The unit] was requested to cover the road junction on the Auchterarder to Braco Road as the President of the USA, George Bush, was cycling through.” The report goes on: “[At] about 1800 hours the President approached the junction at speed on the bicycle. The road was damp at the time. 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. [The officer] fell to the ground, striking his head. The President continued along the ground for approximately five metres, causing himself a number of abrasions. The officers… then assisted both injured parties.”

Jim McDermott, a Democrat Congressman, last night quipped: “Not only does he break the law over here on eavesdropping and spying on our own citizens, but it seems he can’t even keep to your law when it comes to riding a bike. It’s another example of how he can’t keep his mind on the things he should be thinking about.”

Remember, he also took a dive off of his bike at the ranch in Crawford back in 2004.

And he didn’t have much more luck when taking a spin on a Segway

Then again, he was stationary before he choked on the pretzel and fell — off of a couch in 2002.

Bruise from the “pretzel choke incident.”

You may begin your own snarky quips now.


Shakes Sis comments on the story:

Did you notice at the tail end of the article, it said the officer he hit was out of work for 14 weeks?! In my post, I went back and looked at how his injuries were described at the time as “minor”. It’s total bullshit – this is exactly the same as Cheney’s hunting “accident.” These guys have both seriously hurt people with impunity.

Hat tip, Raw Story.

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