Obama rides bike with the family before heading to Raleigh

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., goes for a bike ride in Chicago, Sunday, June 8, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

from the AP article:

Barack Obama joined family and neighbors for a bicycle ride along the shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday.

Obama, who last week claimed the Democratic presidential nomination, capped his victory with a quiet, long weekend at home in Chicago.

The Illinois senator and his wife, Michelle, rode to a neighbor’s house with their daughters, Malia and Sasha, on Sunday and the group then headed out for the ride along the scenic lake shore. But the outing was cut short by a downpour.

Obama’s brief respite from the campaign was scheduled to end Monday with a speech in Raleigh, N.C., and an evening fundraiser in St. Louis. The speech will launch a two-week tour of the country focused on economic issues.

Earlier in June, when asked with whom they would rather spend a day cycling, most chose Obama. Backpacker magazine reports that poll respondents were asked the question…

“You are lost in the woods and a storm is coming, who would you choose to lead you to safety?” Of all respondents polled, 22 percent felt Obama was the best choice, followed by 19 percent for Clinton and 18.5 percent for McCain.

President Bush came in last place with 12.1 percent, a full 4.7 points behind Homer Simpson. I’ve never seen Ol’ Georgie work a topo and a compass, but it can’t be a good sign when people choose to trust the route-finding skills of a fictional character — and a notoriously bumbling, animated one at that — over yours.

When poll respondents were asked who they would rather spend a day-long bike ride with, Obama cleaned up yet again, this time earning 30.2 percent of the vote over Hillary’s 29.2 percent. This time, John McCain fell to the back of the pack, garnering only 13.8 percent support. If elected, the 71-year-old McCain will become the oldest U.S. president ever — certainly not an ideal drafting partner, but a harsh assessment nonetheless. Luckily for him, neither time trials nor sick singletrack skills figure into any of the presidential debates.

But perhaps they should

— Ted Alvarez


Obama rides bike with the family before heading to Raleigh — 5 Comments

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  2. Why are all the photos of Obama bicycling — with his daughter riding tandem — cropping-out his daughter?

  3. Good question; it’s not like she hasn’t been in the media’s light before. I have the feeling that it’s either because his kids are so young that the media is respecting their privacy a little more than, say the Bush daughters, or it might not have been his kid on the tag-a-long. He did stop by a neighbors house to get some friends to ride with him. Could’ve been their kid I suppose.

  4. personally, I’d rather get stuck in a storm with McCain, because he might not make it back to safety…

  5. I’d go for McCain – over 70 or not, anyone who survived a Hanoi prison camp for over 5 years might be a good person to have around in an emergency!

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