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Right now, Drudge has a side-by-side snapshot of two world leaders on their vacation.   On one side, you have Russian PM Vlademir Putin, a real man's man, is seen with a hunting rifle, which is clearly unnecessary, as he could kill any animal with his bare hands.

As a contrast, on the other side, there's President Barack Obama who is ... get this: riding a bike!  And not even a mountain bike.   It looks like one of those bikes you rent when you're, oh I don't know, on Martha's Vineyard.   But it gets worse.   Not only is he on a bike, it might be a girls bike (it's not, but it might be).  Also, and here's where it gets really humiliating: he's wearing a helmet!   What a dork!!

I mean, yeah, wearing a bike helmet can save your life, and most cyclists should wear one at all times.  And, sure, the President is a role model, and the message he would be sending by not wearing a helmet would be a dangerous one for our nation's youth, but the point remains:  what a dork!

No wonder so many comments on conservative bloggers are comparing him to "Steve Urkel."  

But here comes strike three, and the reason why the President deserves to lose the House in November.   Are you sitting down, people?  Wait for it:

The bike has a bell!

What a loser dork!  It's like, who does he think he is?   If you are on a bike, and want to get the attention of other cyclists, pedestrians, small animals or slow-moving cars, just barrel through them.  It's a statistical fact that the only people who use bells or horns on recreational bikes are either wusses or those who don't want to get into preventable accidents.

A columnist for the Charleston Daily Mail put it besttoday when he asked, "Remember when we had a president who rode a boy’s bike?"   I sure do.  I mean, President Bush did a lot of horrible things, but at least you weren't embarrassed to tell your friends that he rode a girly, rental bike.

Look, I think the President is a good man, but promoting bike safety might be a bridge too far.  It doesn't make him look like a manly man.  I say this because the right wing, which ordinarily bends over backward to make the President look strong and well-intentioned, has finally found something upon whichtocriticizehim.

Because, obviously, if he had decided to forgo a helmet, nobody would be criticizing him for setting a dangerous example, especially not conservatives.

Shame on you, Mr. President.

Originally posted to SquareBoy on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 09:26 AM PDT.

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