"Hobbled by aching knees and an inflamed right calf, America's First Runner has been all but sidelined from his favorite exercise and says his woes serve up a good lesson to all sports-minded baby boomers." LINK
"'Listen to your body. I tried to run through the pain and it didn't work,' President Bush said in remarks relayed to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday by White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer."
"The president first complained to a reporter about his knees during a private party in Washington in late April, blaming it on age. Bush is 56."
"At The Times ' request, Bush on Thursday supplied new details of his injuries, during a day trip here to deliver a speech on the economy."
"Earlier Thursday, the president gave a public tip-off to what he called 'a runner's injury' on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland as he walked toward Air Force One, before traveling to Minnesota."
"Playfully, he abruptly clutched his left knee with both hands, then broke into a wide grin, leaving most observers puzzled."
"About 2 1/2 months ago, Bush, an avid runner for more than 15 years, noticed an aching right calf muscle after a hard run."
"It turned out to be a minor muscle tear, Fleischer said, and Bush reined in his running about that time."
There's a metaphor in there somewhere, but we'll leave it to the political poets to find it.
Bush-Cheney re-elect, the money:
The Wirey Jackie Calmes reports this in the Wall Street Journal : "Bush advisers try to stanch talk he'll beat an already jaw-dropping $20 million fund-raising goal for June. But besides the president's own events, others starring his wife and Cheney lift expectations further. 'These guys are rocking and rolling,' a Republican in the know says. Next week's Bush gala in New York alone could raise $5 million; financial-industry money-raisers include Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston executives."
Mike Allen knows this, and now, so do you: it's at the Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, 100 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro, Georgia.
Ann Compton reminds us that the more interesting fundraisers are scheduled for next week and beyond — California and Florida — and in Texas, the weekend the legislature takes up redistricting again.
Following up on a story that appeared in Thursday's New York Times , the AP's Sara Kugler reports that some prominent New York Democrats are helping to fund the GOP's New York convention motivated by "pride in the Big Apple" and "potential tourism dollars." LINK
Elisabeth Bumiller saw the POTUS to MN event as more playing of defense on the economy, and maybe an attempt to squash the Democratic state chairs meeting. LINK
The Boston Globe 's Robert Schlesinger writes about the efforts of antiwar groups such as Win Without War and MoveOn.org to target President Bush, with a full page ad in the New York Times dubbing him a "misleader" and addressing the controversy over the existence of WsMD. LINK MoveOn.org states that 100,000 have signed up online in response to the ad, with $100,000 raised already, while former Maine congressman Tom Andrews of Win Without War says: '''This strikes a raw nerve to people involved in our coalition.'''
Other numbers include the 71,000 faxes to congresspeople arranged by Ben "I'm with Jerry" Cohen's TrueMajority.org, and the 73,000 emails sent to Bill Frist and Tom Daschle via Working Assets.