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It turns out that Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, rides a Trek. So does President Bush.
Trek gifted bikes to the Bush camp, has it also pushed bike’s Barack’s way?
The man who could be president later this year joined family and neighbours for a bicycle ride along the shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday. Story and pix carried on the Associated Press website.
Riding a bicycle is one of the first things you must be seen to be keen on, if you wish to be a leader of the free world. There are a disproportionate amount of real cyclists among world leaders.
In March, President Bush took the prime minister of Denmark on an MTB tour of his Texan ranch. And, of course, one of the key problems with UK prime minister Gordon Brown is that he doesn’t ride a bike, unlike the increasingly popular David Cameron who rides to Parliament at least once a week.
His ‘helmet-hair’ recently made headline news in the UK:
“All that happened is I got on my bicycle, put on a cycle helmet for once, because I’m always being told to… and something went a bit wrong.”
Cameron’s biking credentials will likely win him the next election. In the US, president’s used to have to worry about the ‘Jewish vote’, in the UK politicians have to fret over the ‘pedalling plebiscite’, such is the newfound popularity of the bicycle.
Barak Obama tried to reach out to the cycling vote at an amazingly early age. And, of course, who can forget the meme that whizzed around the world earlier this year, Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle?