the pic is wierd...
what does it mean???
is bush incapable of being the US pres.???
Does he have some type of disease? Is he having seizures? He sure seems to fall down and hurt himself a lot... With this latest incident we have to
Bush falls off his mountain bike
24 May 2004
US President George W. Bush tumbled from his mountain bike during a Saturday ride on his ranch, scraping his chin, upper lip, both knees, his right
hand and his nose, a White House spokesperson said.
Bush was riding downhill on the 16th mile of a 17-mile afternoon ride with his doctor, Richard Tubb, a military aide, and a US Secret Service agent
responsible for his safety, when the accident occurred, said Trent Duffy.
Injuries described as minor
The doctor treated Bush, who was wearing a safety helmet and mouth guard, for injuries described as minor. The president declined a Secret Service
offer to drive him back to his home on the 850-hectare property.
Bush (57) smiled and waved to reporters later as he emerged from a graduation party for one of his twin daugters, Jenna, in nearby Austin, Texas. No
bandages were visible on his face.
The incident occurred two days before the president is scheduled to give a prime-time speech to lay out what aides are calling a "clear strategy" to
stabilise Iraq and build democracy there.
Loose topsoil blamed
Duffy blamed loose topsoil for the spill, but also suggested that Bush had been riding hard, noting the president is "a fitness enthusiast" and
adding that "he wasn't poking along, whistling show tunes".
Bush previously fell off a Segway — a motorised, two-wheel vehicle — while visiting his parents in Kennebunkport, Maine, in June 2003 and suffered
scrapes to his face when he fainted and fell after choking on a pretzel at the White House in January 2002.
Presidential accidents and health problems are nothing new: then-president Bill Clinton was hospitalised in March 1997 after hurting his right knee in
a fall at the home of professional golfer Greg Norman.
FLASHBACK: Bush on fainting episode: 'Chew your food'
EAST MOLINE, Illinois (CNN) -- President Bush -- scraped and bruised after a fainting spell -- extolled motherhood on Monday as another symbol of
American patriotism, and gave the John Deere workers he addressed a lighthearted lesson to chew on.
"If my mother is listening, mother, I should have listened to you: Always chew your pretzels before you swallow," Bush said jokingly.
Bush lost consciousness for a brief time in the White House on Sunday evening while eating a pretzel and watching a professional football game on
television. He fell from his couch and has a scrape and large bruise on his left cheekbone, plus a bruise on his lower lip, to show for his troubles.
His glasses cut the side of his face.
"I hit the deck," is how Bush described the mishap as he left the White House for his current two-day trip, which is focusing on economic issues
during stops in Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana.
On the first leg of his trip, Bush received a John Deere jacket. He said when he heard he was going to get a gift, he thought he would be handed a
pretzel -- the kind "that are easy to chew."
"When I work the rope lines, people bring their children. I always turn to the child, especially the teen-agers and say, 'Listen to your mother.
It's the best advice I can give you.' I obviously needed to do the same thing last night. But I'm feeling great."
Bush was evaluated by a White House physician and cleared to travel Monday after all his vital signs were determined to be normal, White House press
secretary Ari Fleischer said.
Dr. Richard Tubb, an Air Force physician, conducted the follow-up exam on the president. "Dr. Tubb checked all the vital signs and he told me all are
normal and the president said he feels fine," Fleischer said.
Bush told the White House medical team Sunday he was watching the Baltimore-Miami NFL playoff game on the couch in his bedroom while eating pretzels,
when he fainted. Bush said he believes he lost consciousness for only a few seconds at about 5:35 p.m., because when he opened his eyes, he said, his
dogs were in the same location as his last memory from being seated on the couch.
However, he told a top aide, Karen Hughes, "they were looking at me a little funny."
Bush was initially examined by a White House nurse and then by Tubb on Sunday, and ran through a series of tests that included a cardiopulmonary
workup, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Tubb told reporters Bush reported a pretzel "did not go down right" and the doctor said it was possible a pretzel had lodged against a nerve and
momentarily caused a decrease in the president's heart rate, causing him to faint.