I 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’ post 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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