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Is it time for the Presidential Training Wheels?

Policeman injured in Bush crash

From correspondents in Gleneagles
July 07, 2005
From: AAP

US President George W. Bush, out for a spin on his bicycle at the Group of Eight summit venue, crashed into a policeman and had to be treated for scratches on his hands and arms.

Mr Bush was going at a pretty high speed on the presidential bicycle when he collided with an officer guarding the Gleneagles golf resort, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

The US leader, who had been riding for about an hour, skidded on the paved surface and suffered scrapes to his hands and arms.

He was treated and bandaged by the White House physician.

The President was mostly concerned about the police officer, who was taken to a local hospital as a precaution with a possible ankle injury, Mr McClellan said.

The President spent some time with the officer and had asked the White House physician, Richard Tubb, to monitor his condition at the hospital, he said.

Mr Bush would likely call the officer later, Mr McClellan said.

The President, who had been riding with a Secret Service agent, was fine, but the bicycle suffered some damage and Mr Bush had to return to the hotel in a car, which had been trailing them.

Mr McClellan declined to speculate about who was at fault.

In May last year, Mr Bush tumbled from his mountain bike during a ride on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, scraping his chin, upper lip, both knees, his right hand and his nose.

A spokesman at the time blamed loose topsoil for the spill, but also suggested that Mr Bush had been riding hard, noting the President was "a fitness enthusiast" and adding that "he wasn't poking along, whistling show tunes."

Mr Bush previously fell off a Segway - a motorized, two-wheel vehicle - while visiting his parents in Kennebunkport, Maine, in June 2003 and suffered scrapes to his face when he fainted and fell after choking on a pretzel at the White House in January 2002.

happy birthday dubbya! I'm still unsure how you managed to hit a stationary person lol what a dick

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