February 26, 2006


US leader crashed by trying to 'pedal, wave and speak at same time' (MURDO MACLEOD, 2/26/06, Scotland on Sunday)

The official police incident report states: "[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."

The injured officer, who was not named, was whisked to Perth Royal Infirmary. The report adds: "While en-route President Bush phoned [the officer], enquiring after his wellbeing and apologising for the accident."

At hospital, a doctor examined the constable and diagnosed damage to his ankle ligaments and issued him with crutches. The cause was officially recorded as: "Hit by moving/falling object."

No details of damage to the President are recorded from his close encounter with the policeman and the road, although later reports said he had been "bandaged" by a White House physician after suffering scrapes on his hands and arms.

At the time Bush laughed off the incident, saying he should start "acting his age".

Details of precisely how the crash unfolded have until now been kept under wraps for fear of embarrassing both Bush and the injured constable. But the new disclosures are certain to raise eyebrows on Washington's Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Blue and Kos insist alcohol was involved.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2006 9:40 AM

And if President Kerry had biked into the constable, it would have been all the constable's fault, for not knowing how to comport himself around a bicyclist as skilled as the Great War Hero. And the KozKiddies would be speculating about who paid the constable to jump in front of Dear Leader to embarass him in this way..

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 26, 2006 3:21 PM

Raise eyebrows! The press corps will go beserk. This was the POTUS!

Posted by: Genecis at February 26, 2006 3:35 PM

"if President Kerry had biked into the constable" "I didn't fall, that son of a bitch was in my way"

Posted by: ic at February 26, 2006 4:26 PM

sounds like president chevy chase was on that bike.

Posted by: toe at February 26, 2006 5:46 PM

He crashed trying to be nice!

Posted by: RC at February 26, 2006 7:44 PM

And he apologized.
That was the decent thing to do.

Posted by: Mikey at February 27, 2006 8:11 AM