We have already heard from Sir Christopher Meyer's memoirs, DC Confidential, that intellectually Bush is not the lunk we took him for. But now we discover he's a kick-ass cyclist too. And that's a thoroughly dispiriting thought: not only does the most rightwing American president since, well, Ronald Reagan, clearly love cycling as much as I do, but he's a real bikie, not some loafing nodder. We always knew Bush spent an inordinate amount of time home on the range, but we just thought he was a bit workshy and easily bored with ruling the free world. It turns out he's been honing himself as a two-wheeled athlete.
But they just couldn't pass up a chance to make a Chimp joke.
The only compensation is that, according to AP, Bush barks when he's pedalling hard uphill, giving out a low growl with every stroke - "Hrrr, hrrr, hrrr"; a sort of simian male version of the Sharapova grunt. At least, if I went for a ride with the president, I could tease him about that. Not that I'd see him for dust, of course.
I don't know how to get a permalink for this but go here then go to the "Sports" tab and check out the Frank Caliendo appearance on "The Best Damn Sports Show." At about the 1:40 mark, Caliendo does James Brown (FoxSports' James Brown not The Godfather of Soul), it's scary perfect and at 4:00 he nails Jim Rome. Those two bits make the 6 minutes worth watching.