The next president of the United States is a...cyclist

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Robert J. Matte, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3655

    Monday 9th February 2004

    The next president of the United States is
    a...cyclist

    Dubbed 'JFK the Second', Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has claimed victory in the latest US state
    caucus to choose a Democratic challenger to President George W Bush. Kerry is pro-Green and is now
    far ahead of the other five candidates and could sweep Bush from office in November's presidential
    election. The ultra-fit Kerry takes part in lots of sports but has impressed many with his marathon
    bike rides in tough conditions.

    Kerry isn't just a 12-mile RAGBRAI rider (fellow democratic contender Howard Dean pedalled just a
    short distance in the famous US ride, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) he's a
    long-distance specialist.

    The 60-year old senator from Boston rides many charity events. In August, he finished the 110-mile
    Pan-Massachusetts Challenge as 37th of 3000 riders.

    Senator Edward Kennedy was amazed when on one freezing winter day his friend turned up at Chez
    Kennedy, blue from the cold.

    "It was the end of the coldest ride I have ever had," Kerry told Sports Illustrated magazine.

    "It was a [charity] ride from Boston to the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport -- about 80 miles or so.
    [Three-time Tour de France winner] Greg Lemond was riding [with us] and he said it was the worst
    conditions he'd seen for bicycling. But, you know, it was a challenge. I liked that. There was no
    way I was going to quit."

    Burley's international sales manager Val Hoyle witnessed Kerry's stamina and doggedness at
    first hand:

    "That day was the coldest for a charity bike ride I can remember. We were all freezing and most
    people, even experienced riders, didn't finish the ride. But John Kerry was adamant he would finish,
    and he did. I was really impressed by that."

    A soccer player (he learned of the JFK assassination whilst playing a game) and endurance
    windsurfer, Kerry had an operation for prostate cancer last year and his doctors put his rapid
    recovery down to his strength and fitness.

    Kerry has cycled in the oddest of places, including down Berlin's Kurfürstendamm during the Cold War
    in the 1950s, where his foreign service officer father was stationed.

    Kerry's bikes have also been sold at charity auctions, along with bikes from Greg LeMond, Michael
    Jordan and Robin Williams. If Kerry becomes president, the bike sold at the Celebrity Bicycle
    Auction in Washington D.C. last year to benefit World T.E.A.M Sports could become a valuable
    collector's piece.

    Kerry has been endorsed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the "Congressman on the bicycle", a noted
    environmentalist.

    In the first 100 days of a Kerry Administration, the cycling senator will rollback President Bush’s
    "assault on clean air and clean water and work to strengthen our nation’s environmental laws," said
    Blumenauer.

    “As a member of Congress dealing with the consequences of the Bush Administration everyday, the
    choice of a candidate for president was simple. John Kerry is one person running who is best
    qualified to be our President...[He] has the best record of environmental leadership, period."

    Kerry has strong Green credentials. He wants to create a cleaner and greener America. In a speech
    given at the University of New Hampshire in October 2003, Kerry said:

    "Protecting the environment isn’t just the cause of a campaign. It’s been the commitment of
    a lifetime.

    "George W. Bush is ... the kind of politician who would cut down a tree and then climb on its stump
    to give a speech about conservation. The difference between us and George Bush is one of vision.
    Where we see a pristine wilderness or a scenic coast, George Bush sees an oil field. Where we see a
    beautiful mountaintop, George Bush sees a strip mine. Where we see a pristine old growth forest,
    George Bush sees toothpicks. And where we see an opportunity to join the global community to fight
    global warming, George Bush sees a chance to curry favor with his buddies in the oil business.

    "Under President Bush, America’s environment has become threatened, endangered, and imperiled. I’m
    running to keep clean the water we drink, the air we breathe, the yards and parks in which
    children play and laugh, and the communities in which we live. This is our commitment – and we
    won’t back down.

    "I will be “the true environmental President,” but when I say it, its not just rhetoric – I have the
    record to back it up.

    "As soon as I step into the Oval Office, I will transform the White House into a hub of inspiration
    and innovation and lead America on the great endeavor of creating a cleaner and greener nation."

    http://www.johnkerry.com

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  2. Cool!

    I was planning to vote Kerry in November. For the New York Primary I've already pledged for
    Kucinich, who seems to be even greener.

    Glad to know he's a cyclist!

    EFR Ile de France

    "Robert J. Matter" wrote:

    > http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3655
    >
    > Monday 9th February 2004
    >
    > The next president of the United States is
    > a...cyclist
     
  3. Di

    Di Guest

    at least that's what he says now, but it could change next week :<)

    "Robert J. Matter" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3655
    >
    > Monday 9th February 2004
    >
    > The next president of the United States is
    > a...cyclist
    >
    > Dubbed 'JFK the Second', Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has claimed victory in the latest US
    > state caucus to choose a Democratic challenger to President George W Bush. Kerry is pro-Green and
    > is now far ahead of the other five candidates and could sweep Bush from office in November's
    > presidential election. The ultra-fit Kerry takes part in lots of sports but has impressed many
    > with his marathon bike rides in tough conditions.
    >
    > Kerry isn't just a 12-mile RAGBRAI rider (fellow democratic contender Howard Dean pedalled just a
    > short distance in the famous US ride, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) he's a
    > long-distance specialist.
    >
    > The 60-year old senator from Boston rides many charity events. In August, he finished the 110-mile
    > Pan-Massachusetts Challenge as 37th of 3000 riders.
    >
    > Senator Edward Kennedy was amazed when on one freezing winter day his friend turned up at Chez
    > Kennedy, blue from the cold.
    >
    > "It was the end of the coldest ride I have ever had," Kerry told Sports Illustrated magazine.
    >
    > "It was a [charity] ride from Boston to the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport -- about 80 miles or
    > so. [Three-time Tour de France winner] Greg Lemond was riding [with us] and he said it was the
    > worst conditions he'd seen for bicycling. But, you know, it was a challenge. I liked that. There
    > was no way I was going to quit."
    >
    > Burley's international sales manager Val Hoyle witnessed Kerry's stamina and doggedness at
    > first hand:
    >
    > "That day was the coldest for a charity bike ride I can remember. We were all freezing and most
    > people, even experienced riders, didn't finish the ride. But John Kerry was adamant he would
    > finish, and he did. I was really impressed by that."
    >
    > A soccer player (he learned of the JFK assassination whilst playing a game) and endurance
    > windsurfer, Kerry had an operation for prostate cancer last year and his doctors put his rapid
    > recovery down to his strength and fitness.
    >
    > Kerry has cycled in the oddest of places, including down Berlin's Kurfürstendamm during the Cold
    > War in the 1950s, where his foreign service officer father was stationed.
    >
    > Kerry's bikes have also been sold at charity auctions, along with bikes from Greg LeMond, Michael
    > Jordan and Robin Williams. If Kerry becomes president, the bike sold at the Celebrity Bicycle
    > Auction in Washington D.C. last year to benefit World T.E.A.M Sports could become a valuable
    > collector's piece.
    >
    > Kerry has been endorsed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the "Congressman on the bicycle", a noted
    > environmentalist.
    >
    > In the first 100 days of a Kerry Administration, the cycling senator will rollback President
    > Bush's "assault on clean air and clean water and work to strengthen our nation's environmental
    > laws," said Blumenauer.
    >
    > "As a member of Congress dealing with the consequences of the Bush Administration everyday, the
    > choice of a candidate for president was simple. John Kerry is one person running who is best
    > qualified to be our President...[He] has the best record of environmental leadership, period."
    >
    > Kerry has strong Green credentials. He wants to create a cleaner and greener America. In a speech
    > given at the University of New Hampshire in October 2003, Kerry said:
    >
    > "Protecting the environment isn't just the cause of a campaign. It's been the commitment of a
    > lifetime.
    >
    > "George W. Bush is ... the kind of politician who would cut down a tree and then climb on its
    > stump to give a speech about conservation. The difference between us and George Bush is one of
    > vision. Where we see a pristine wilderness or a scenic coast, George Bush sees an oil field. Where
    > we see a beautiful mountaintop, George Bush sees a strip mine. Where we see a pristine old growth
    > forest, George Bush sees toothpicks. And where we see an opportunity to join the global community
    > to fight global warming, George Bush sees a chance to curry favor with his buddies in the oil
    > business.
    >
    > "Under President Bush, America's environment has become threatened, endangered, and imperiled. I'm
    > running to keep clean the water we drink, the air we breathe, the yards and parks in which
    > children play and laugh, and the communities in which we live. This is our commitment - and we
    > won't back down.
    >
    > "I will be "the true environmental President," but when I say it, its not just rhetoric - I have
    > the record to back it up.
    >
    > "As soon as I step into the Oval Office, I will transform the White House into a hub of
    > inspiration and innovation and lead America on the great endeavor of creating a cleaner and
    > greener nation."
    >
    > http://www.johnkerry.com
    >
    > ###
     
  4. Kevan Smith

    Kevan Smith Guest

    On Tue, 17 Feb 2004 11:19:25 +0100, Elisa Francesca Roselli
    <[email protected]> from Guest of ProXad - France
    wrote:

    >I was planning to vote Kerry in November. For the New York Primary I've already pledged for
    >Kucinich, who seems to be even greener.

    If you want green, why not vote Green? Kucinich is practically "one of us," but we need the
    help more. :)

    --
    [email protected]
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  5. Kaputnik

    Kaputnik Guest

    "Robert J. Matter" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3655
    >
    > Monday 9th February 2004
    >
    > The next president of the United States is
    > a...cyclist

    Rest snipped.

    Well, I can't imagine voting for him, but I'll firmly resist the temptation to pursue the political
    aspect of this further. It must be very hard for someone in his position to find the time to be a
    really serious rider, so good for him.

    But just for fun, let's imagine that he wins in November, and keeps on cycling. We've seen the
    pictures of Clinton and Bush jogging, surrounded by Secret Service agents. If the president wants to
    go for a ride, I wonder how they would arrange his escort. What kind of bikes do you imagine the
    Secret Service riding?

    I wonder who the last President was who just went places on his own without a security detail. Must
    be 19th century.
     
  6. DiabloScott

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    I rode RAGBRAI one year and passed the Governor of Iowa (Brandstad) with his riding entourage - three guys with pistols and holsters around their black shorts.

    I've often thought about how a Pres would go for a bike ride. Clinton always had congressmen wanting to jog with him but few could keep up - I doubt there'd be many congressmen wanting to go on 100km rides just for the photo op.
     
  7. On 17 Feb 2004 10:01:35 -0800, [email protected] (Kaputnik)
    wrote:

    >"Robert J. Matter" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    >> http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3655
    >>
    >> Monday 9th February 2004
    >>
    >> The next president of the United States is
    >> a...cyclist
    >
    >
    >Rest snipped.
    >
    >Well, I can't imagine voting for him, but I'll firmly resist the temptation to pursue the political
    >aspect of this further. It must be very hard for someone in his position to find the time to be a
    >really serious rider, so good for him.
    >
    >But just for fun, let's imagine that he wins in November, and keeps on cycling. We've seen the
    >pictures of Clinton and Bush jogging, surrounded by Secret Service agents. If the president wants
    >to go for a ride, I wonder how they would arrange his escort. What kind of bikes do you imagine the
    >Secret Service riding?
    >

    Special black carbon fiber TREK OCLV frames, naturally.

    I've seen presidential motorcades, but I'd really love to see a presidential peloton. Would make for
    a pretty competitive road-racing team: a leader with domestiques so devoted they'd take a bullet for
    him, if necessary.

    -Luigi www.livejournal.com/users/ouij Photos, rants, raves
     
  8. Kaputnik <[email protected]> wrote:
    : If the president wants to go for a ride, I wonder how they would arrange his escort. What kind of
    : bikes do you imagine the Secret Service riding?

    that's easy. they'll drive along front and rear. he'll get spoiled rotten by the mandatory draft.
    --
    david reuteler [email protected]
     
  9. Cipher

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  10. Rick Onanian

    Rick Onanian Guest

    On 17 Feb 2004 10:01:35 -0800, [email protected] (Kaputnik)
    wrote:
    >If the president wants to go for a ride, I wonder how they would arrange his escort. What kind of
    >bikes do you imagine the Secret Service riding?

    Bikes with motors -- same bikes as motorcycle cops.
    --
    Rick Onanian
     
  11. Kevan Smith

    Kevan Smith Guest

  12. Mark

    Mark Guest

    "Cipher" wrote ...
    > Robert J. Matte wrote:
    > > The next president of the United States is a...cyclist
    >
    >
    >
    > Looks to me as though we are being a little presumptuous... :D
    >
    >
    >
    No, just hopeful.
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    mark
     
  13. Tom Kunich

    Tom Kunich Guest

    Does the fact that Kerry is a bike rider trump his telling huge lies about the "murdering US troops"
    in Vietnam? When they held that mock trial he got actors to read lines for the cameras. Sorry, once
    a liar always a liar.

    You might note that he has only voted 28% (only about one out of 4 votes!) of the time he's been in
    the Congress and his record is even farther to the left than Kennedy.

    Riding a bike doesn't change that at all.

    "Robert J. Matter" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3655
    >
    > Monday 9th February 2004
    >
    > The next president of the United States is
    > a...cyclist
    >
    > Dubbed 'JFK the Second', Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has claimed victory in the latest US
    > state caucus to choose a Democratic challenger to President George W Bush. Kerry is pro-Green and
    > is now far ahead of the other five candidates and could sweep Bush from office in November's
    > presidential election. The ultra-fit Kerry takes part in lots of sports but has impressed many
    > with his marathon bike rides in tough conditions.
    >
    > Kerry isn't just a 12-mile RAGBRAI rider (fellow democratic contender Howard Dean pedalled just a
    > short distance in the famous US ride, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) he's a
    > long-distance specialist.
    >
    > The 60-year old senator from Boston rides many charity events. In August, he finished the 110-mile
    > Pan-Massachusetts Challenge as 37th of 3000 riders.
    >
    > Senator Edward Kennedy was amazed when on one freezing winter day his friend turned up at Chez
    > Kennedy, blue from the cold.
    >
    > "It was the end of the coldest ride I have ever had," Kerry told Sports Illustrated magazine.
    >
    > "It was a [charity] ride from Boston to the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport -- about 80 miles or
    > so. [Three-time Tour de France winner] Greg Lemond was riding [with us] and he said it was the
    > worst conditions he'd seen for bicycling. But, you know, it was a challenge. I liked that. There
    > was no way I was going to quit."
    >
    > Burley's international sales manager Val Hoyle witnessed Kerry's stamina and doggedness at
    > first hand:
    >
    > "That day was the coldest for a charity bike ride I can remember. We were all freezing and most
    > people, even experienced riders, didn't finish the ride. But John Kerry was adamant he would
    > finish, and he did. I was really impressed by that."
    >
    > A soccer player (he learned of the JFK assassination whilst playing a game) and endurance
    > windsurfer, Kerry had an operation for prostate cancer last year and his doctors put his rapid
    > recovery down to his strength and fitness.
    >
    > Kerry has cycled in the oddest of places, including down Berlin's Kurfürstendamm during the Cold
    > War in the 1950s, where his foreign service officer father was stationed.
    >
    > Kerry's bikes have also been sold at charity auctions, along with bikes from Greg LeMond, Michael
    > Jordan and Robin Williams. If Kerry becomes president, the bike sold at the Celebrity Bicycle
    > Auction in Washington D.C. last year to benefit World T.E.A.M Sports could become a valuable
    > collector's piece.
    >
    > Kerry has been endorsed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the "Congressman on the bicycle", a noted
    > environmentalist.
    >
    > In the first 100 days of a Kerry Administration, the cycling senator will rollback President
    > Bush's "assault on clean air and clean water and work to strengthen our nation's environmental
    > laws," said Blumenauer.
    >
    > "As a member of Congress dealing with the consequences of the Bush Administration everyday, the
    > choice of a candidate for president was simple. John Kerry is one person running who is best
    > qualified to be our President...[He] has the best record of environmental leadership, period."
    >
    > Kerry has strong Green credentials. He wants to create a cleaner and greener America. In a speech
    > given at the University of New Hampshire in October 2003, Kerry said:
    >
    > "Protecting the environment isn't just the cause of a campaign. It's been the commitment of a
    > lifetime.
    >
    > "George W. Bush is ... the kind of politician who would cut down a tree and then climb on its
    > stump to give a speech about conservation. The difference between us and George Bush is one of
    > vision. Where we see a pristine wilderness or a scenic coast, George Bush sees an oil field. Where
    > we see a beautiful mountaintop, George Bush sees a strip mine. Where we see a pristine old growth
    > forest, George Bush sees toothpicks. And where we see an opportunity to join the global community
    > to fight global warming, George Bush sees a chance to curry favor with his buddies in the oil
    > business.
    >
    > "Under President Bush, America's environment has become threatened, endangered, and imperiled. I'm
    > running to keep clean the water we drink, the air we breathe, the yards and parks in which
    > children play and laugh, and the communities in which we live. This is our commitment - and we
    > won't back down.
    >
    > "I will be "the true environmental President," but when I say it, its not just rhetoric - I have
    > the record to back it up.
    >
    > "As soon as I step into the Oval Office, I will transform the White House into a hub of
    > inspiration and innovation and lead America on the great endeavor of creating a cleaner and
    > greener nation."
    >
    > http://www.johnkerry.com
    >
    > ###
     
  14. On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 00:39:15 GMT, "Tom Kunich" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >You might note that he has only voted 28% (only about one out of 4 votes!) of the time he's been in
    >the Congress and his record is even farther to the left than Kennedy.
    >

    Farther to the left is usually good, when riding on the public roads. Ride too far to the right and
    the SUV drivers clip you.

    -Luigi www.livejournal.com/users/ouij Photos, Rants, Raves
     
  15. Hunrobe

    Hunrobe Guest

    >[email protected]

    wrote in part:

    >
    >I wonder who the last President was who just went places on his own without a security detail. Must
    >be 19th century.

    Nope. Try as recently as Harry S. Truman and that's not counting JFK's slipping away from the USSS
    detail. ;-)

    Regards, Bob Hunt
     
  16. Kevan Smith

    Kevan Smith Guest

    On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 00:39:15 GMT, "Tom Kunich" <[email protected]> from
    EarthLink Inc. -- http://www.EarthLink.net wrote:

    >Does the fact that Kerry is a bike rider trump his telling huge lies about the "murdering US
    >troops" in Vietnam?

    You don't think U.S. troops murdered civilians in Vietnam?

    --
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  17. Pete

    Pete Guest

    "Kevan Smith" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > You don't think U.S. troops murdered civilians in Vietnam?

    Not as an everyday thing done by everyone, the way Kerry seemed to portray it.

    Pete
     
  18. Rocketman

    Rocketman Guest

    "Pete" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Kevan Smith" <[email protected]> wrote
    > >
    > > You don't think U.S. troops murdered civilians in Vietnam?
    >
    > Not as an everyday thing done by everyone, the way Kerry seemed to portray it.

    So he was justified in protesting the war. That's all we needed to know.

    R
     
  19. jhuskey

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    [Monday 9th February 2004

    The next president of the United States is
    a...cyclist

    Lance Armstrong is going to be our next president. Cool!
    Of course considering cycling as a qualifing factor for a good president consider that Pee Wee Herman was also a cyclist.
     
  20. Kevan Smith

    Kevan Smith Guest

    On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 19:04:42 GMT, jhuskey <[email protected]> from
    cyclingforums.com wrote:

    >Lance Armstrong is going to be our next president. Cool! Of course considering cycling as a
    >qualifing factor for a good president consider that Pee Wee Herman was also a cyclist.

    Pee Wee would be better than the person in office now.

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