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Bush Rides With Lance, Reuters Hypes Sheehan

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President Bush did a bike ride with Lance Armstrong today, and I’m jealous.

But get a load of Reuters, as they turn this event into another opportunity to hype Cindy Sheehan. (Hat tip: Thomas.)

The president was described by his doctors in his annual physical as being in “superior” condition for a man his age.

He takes pride in his six-day-a-week workout regimen and last week he showcased the statistics on his heart rate monitor for a group of reporters who rode with him. The monitor showed he burned 1,493 calories in a two-hour ride, also 17 miles.

Bush says exercise helps sharpen his thinking.

But some of his critics view his exercise obsession as an indulgence that takes time away from other priorities.

Among them is Cindy Sheehan, the Vacaville, California, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, who until late last week was camped out down the road from Bush’s ranch seeking a meeting with him to discuss her opposition to the war.

Sheehan, who left her vigil on Thursday to tend to her sick mother, has said she believes Bush should take fewer bike rides to have more time to focus on the “the nation’s work.”

UPDATE at 8/20/05 7:44:37 pm:

LGF reader Cooper4Prez suggests other possible mainstream media taglines for this story:

Gasoline prices surged to record highs this week. Among the hardest hit will be Cindy Sheehan, a grieving mother whose son was killed in Iraq. Ms. Sheehan desperately wants to voice her opposition to the war to President Bush, who to this day refuses to meet with her.

Today it was discovered that a large asteroid is on a direct collision course with Earth. It is expected to completely eliminate all human life when it hits, including that of Cindy Sheehan, a woman who simply wanted to meet with President Bush after her son was killed in Iraq.

Next month marks the eight anniversary of the Death of Princess Diana. We will speak to her son, William, regarding how he has dealt with his grief over the loss of his mother. And speaking of grief, Cindy Sheehan, a woman whose son was killed in Iraq, blew her nose today. It has been several months since this saintly, deeply patriotic woman lost her son, and yet President Bush continually refuses to meet with her.

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