Politics really piss (pisses? what’s the conjugation there?) me off sometimes. This picture of Barack Obama taking his kids for a bike ride has been roundly mocked as “nerdy” or “geeky.” The reasons given: the helmet and the tucked in polo. What the hell is the guy supposed to do? If he wasn’t wearing a helmet, he’d get absolutely blasted. No one looks good in a bike helmet. (Side note: it seems odd that he only has one strap going under his chin. All bike helmets I’ve seen have a triangle shape coming down from the helmet, meeting under the earlobe, then a single strap from there under the chin. Strange.) I suppose you could argue his fashion sense for tucking in a polo, especially into jeans, but damn people, I wear a freakin tucked in polo nearly every day at work. It’d look pretty sloppy if it wasn’t tucked in.
It’s unbelievable to me that this kind of shit is what people are focused on while the dollar is tanking, gas prices are through the roof, and soldiers are dying in Iraq. But please, let’s go ahead and criticize the man for wearing a fucking helmet and tucking in his shirt instead of focusing on the issues.
Bike geek side note: some people have noticed that the bike didn’t seem to fit him particularly well. I’m not totally sure on that, but I’m not an expert. In one of the pictures, his leg does seem to be almost fully extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke, so he might raise the seat only slightly. More likely, he probably just needed a slightly taller frame, and he would have been good to go.
Update: And yes, I am White and Nerdy.