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Wednesday, May 26, 2004


I can't believe I missed this story. I somehow have this mental image of Bush on a mountain bike a few sizes too small - perhaps belonging to one of his feisty twin daughters - with his knees up around his ears.

President George W. Bush suffered minor abrasions after falling off a mountain bike on Saturday. The White House says the accident occurred on Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, during the afternoon. It says he toppled over while riding downhill on soil that had been loosened by rain. Bush suffered minor abrasions and scratches on his chin, upper lip, his nose, right hand and both knees. (More from CBC)

And from the BBC online - I kid you not:

It is not the president's first accident.
In January 2002, he grazed his cheek after choking on a pretzel and fainting.
And in June 2003, he fell off his hi-tech Segway scooter.

This might be a genetic thing. According to the CBC report Bush and his father the former U.S. president have a history of mishaps causing minor injuries. Bush junior's father once briefly fainted on camera while eating what was reportedly sushi at a state dinner in Japan. He ended up slumped below the table and had to be helped up.


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