President Bush is gearing up for a ride with Lance Armstrong on Saturday.
President Bush is gearing up for a ride with Lance Armstrong on Saturday. (By Eric Draper -- Associated Press)
Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Tour de Ranch

It's on! President Bush, biking up a storm at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., plans to pedal with Lance Armstrong on Saturday.

The seven-time Tour de France champ told ABC's "This Week" that he's pumped. "This is a dream scenario for me," he said. "Now that President Bush doesn't run anymore, he rides his mountain bike fanatically. People wonder why he stays at the ranch so long, it might be the mountain-bike trails."

Bush, 59, began biking after knee troubles forced him to give up his jogging routine. While the president seems serious about his new sport, he says he's not ready to squeeze into a pair of Spandex shorts a la Lance: "There are certain things that age brings with it, and not wearing the form-fitting Lycra shorts is one of them, if you know what I mean."

So should Armstrong expect Tour de France Part Deux this weekend? The 33-year-old seems confident he can take on the leader of the free world but says he's heard that Bush is a competitive guy: "There's no talking. A few minutes of warmup time, a little chitchat, then you go." Last one to the ranch is a rotten egg!

Steak Talk Express

Ahoy there, matey! Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife, Cindy , took their son, Jack , out for dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Arlington on Saturday to celebrate the 19-year-old's survival -- no, really .

The younger McCain was home on a brief break from his plebe summer at the Naval Academy, a rigorous beginning for first-year students before plebe year. The senator is no doubt a proud papa: He also attended the Naval Academy.

Restaurant manager Tony Foley said Jack brought a fellow student along and both sported Navy whites with matching buzz cuts. Classy. Three out of four at the table dined on steaks during their two-hour dinner, while the (starved?) senator went for a more lavish meal: the $70 surf and turf.

According to a Naval Academy rep, Jack is already back in Annapolis to complete plebe summer.

President Gonzales?

Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Hispanics in America" poll revealed that 34 percent of Hispanic adults believe that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is an "excellent" or "good" possible candidate for the presidency or vice presidency. And 41 percent had no clue how to answer the question. A rep for Time says the mag isn't sure whether the voters don't know who Gonzalez is or don't know enough about him to decide. Gonzalez shouldn't feel bad, though: Fifty percent or more selected "could not rate" for the potential candidacies of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez .

Despite the confusion, Gonzales still made the top 25 along with pop star Jennifer Lopez , writer Alisa Valdes- Rodriguez and comedian George Lopez .

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

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