Bush Campaign Lies

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Bush Campaign Lie #56: Bush Fell Off His Bike Because 'It's Been Raining a Lot' 

Apparently Bush was riding a mountain bike at his Crawford ranch Saturday, and fell off. Ordinarily, I wouldn't mention anything so mundane here, but the GOP are using it as an excuse to bash Kerry.

According to the Republicans, via the Washington Times, via Drudge (and if you can't trust Drudge, who can you trust?), when Kerry heard the news, he asked "Did the training wheels fall off?" So Kerry made an unnecessary and not-very-nice joke at the President's expense. And we know Republicans would never stoop to making jokes about their opponents.

At least Kerry's joke was intended to be off the record. The Bush team, on the other hand, told an unnecessary lie about Bush's mishap, on the record. Here's the official explanation as to why Bush fell:

"It's been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose," the spokesman said. "You know this president. He likes to go all out. Suffice it to say he wasn't whistling show tunes."
Yeah, riding a mountain bike 'all out' on 'loose topsoil' could definitely result in an accident. But there had been essentially no rain in Crawford for an entire week. Hmm.

Now I wonder whether Bush really was whistling show tunes.

(Thanks to a Kos reader for picking up on this, and to Kos for putting in the hyperlinks.)

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