The Motorcycle Diaries

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A souvenir of George W. Bush’s “Que es muy macho?” 2004 reelection campaign has surfaced at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in South Dakota.

The bike was built for Bush and ridden only once, by him, indoors. This storied history will now be commemorated at the Museum, and someday, the bike’s builders hope, in the Bush Library. It’s quite the swanky ride, with the Constitution’s Preamble on the gas tank where they usually put the wizard. bush-motercycle-gas-tank.jpg

Bush’s bike will be in interesting company. The Sturgis Museum features a “Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame,” the proud rolls leading off with Ralph “Sonny” Barger of Arizona. That would be the beloved Hells Angels leader, no longer serving time for conspiring to blow up a rival motorcycle gang’s headquarters. Sturgis is the site of a legendary annual motorcycle rally, not known to be “family friendly.”sturgis-women.jpg

The Bush White House dragged his biker “image” out of the closet again in 2006, sending Bush to the Pennsylvania Harley-Davidson plant. bush-motercycle-harley-plant.jpg It didn’t work in Pennsylvania at least. The Democrats picked up the Senate and four House seats.

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