Sunday, May 23, 2004

From combined dispatches

Democrat John Kerry joked about President Bush’s weekend bicycle accident by comparing the president to a child, Internet newshound Matt Drudge reported yesterday.

“Kerry told reporters in front of cameras, ‘Did the training wheels fall off?’” Mr. Drudge reported on his Web site,

Interviewed by The Washington Times yesterday, Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter would say only that the words Mr. Drudge reported were “off the record.”

Mr. Drudge said the debate among reporters over the on-camera “training wheels” remark has been “whether to treat it as on or off the record.”

In comments reported by the Associated Press, Mr. Kerry said, “I hope he’s OK. I didn’t know the president rode a bike.”

Mr. Bush, who is widely ridiculed by liberals and Democrats as dumb and incompetent, suffered “minor abrasions and scratches” in the accident, which came near the end of a 17-mile mountain bike ride on his Texas ranch Saturday.

Mr. Kerry had his own bicycling mishap earlier this month, taking a spill while riding with Secret Service agents through Concord, Mass. Mr. Kerry fell when his bike hit a patch of sand. He was not injured.

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