Change You Can Believe In
June 15, 2008, 2:56 pm
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Obama On A BikeI know, hardly an original title. But of all the fluff passing as punditry and ‘news’ in the American presidential election, I couldn’t pass on this little non-issue: whether Barack Obama’s photo-op on a bike had anything of a Dukakis faux-pas going for it. Because, you know, wearing a helmet or not COULD potentially mean he’s pandering, or worse, seem unelectable…jeez.

At one of two lucrative campaign fundraisers in Chicago last night, at the home of a businessman who donates bicycles to charities, Obama explained that he faced a toss-up: Risking ridicule or sending children the right message about bike-gear.

“I had an internal debate,” Obama admitted, when a supporter thanked him for wearing a helmet. “Because I knew that the AP was going to take a picture, and they were trying to portray it like Dukakis wearing that tank helmet.

“But I wanted to make sure that the children who saw that picture knew that even the Democratic nominee for president wears a helmet when he goes biking,” he said to applause. “Now, obviously the rest of my apparel was apparently not up to snuff, because I got a hard time from all sorts of blogs… who said I looked like Urkel.”

Reading the article and the Chicago Tribune ‘blog’ postΒ I cannot help but toss a few suggestions to the president-elect:

  • Get a bigger bike, your height begs for it;
  • Don’t ride on the side walk, your security detail can cover for ya when you boldly show what’s ‘wrong in this picture’;
  • Forget setting an example for kids, because it’s the wrong one, aka;
  • Fight/legislate for a better bike infrastructure > culture, so that American citizens will have choice, can stop whining about ‘the dangers of biking’ and your successor won’t ever have to worry about being ridiculed and avid cyclists & the public at large don’t need to endure this sort of sillyness ever again…

Now that would be change I could believe in.

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Such is cycling in America…

Damned if you do and Damned if you don’t. I have been chastised for not wearing a helmet and ridiculed when I do. Amazing to me in a land of supposed PERSONAL FREEDOMS we are told that a basically untested piece of styrofoam is going to keep us from getting flattened by a 4,000# missile piloted by an minimally trained person, that may or may not have a license, insurance, or even a clear mind. Also in question is are they really paying attention in the direction it is pointed or traveling. And in some cases even MANDATE that it be worn…give me a break, I just want to ride my bicycle unmolested by motorists!


Comment by 2whls3spds

True dat, Aaron. Got nothing to add…besides my persistence to keep posting about it πŸ™‚

Comment by amsterdamize

Well it was either that or comments about politicians general parentage…my livestock has better breeding than most politicians (better manners too LOL)

I really don’t think anyone in the US goverment really understands what the US is facing. Lawsuits to force the Saudi’s to pump more oil, suspending federal gas tax for a few months, PULLLEEZE! The next president is probably going to be the one that is remembered as the one that sank the ship…or at least was at the helm when it plowed into the rocks.


Comment by 2whls3spds

So I guess the ‘hope’ part is lost on you πŸ™‚

I’m totally with you, however, it’s all been and still is very obscene. I guess most really have to fall off a cliff before waking up to reality and do something about it.

Comment by amsterdamize

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I have hope…but little to no faith in the career politicians we are stuck with. I think our upcoming problems are going to be best solved at the grassroots level. From the bottom up so to speak. The federal bureaucracy in the US appears to be incapable of making any decision (outside of their own pay scale and raises) in a timely and common sense fashion…but then again who really expects common sense from someone that has their hand in the cookie jar, while beating off anyone that suggests they share πŸ˜‰


Comment by 2whls3spds

bottom up, certainly, if no political vision/fortitude, all changes need to be pushed by the populace. Or on state level, local level, like how so many US cities have committed to the Kyoto Protocol themselves. See? There is some light. πŸ˜‰ Corruption abound, sure, but this won’t/can’t last any longer.

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