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Blumenauer lends a hand to Obama bikers

Posted by on January 21st, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Blumenauer presents the
coveted ticket.
(Photos: James Koski)

Back in December, Los Angeleno Ryan Bowen and an energetic band of friends and followers left L.A. for D.C. on their bikes to be a part of the Inaugural event. They dubbed their journey “Biking for Obama” and kept up a great blog about their adventure.

And, showing a bit of hopeful audacity, they didn’t even have tickets to the Inaugural when they left.

Fortunately, D.C.’s highest-profile bike-lover (and Portland resident), Congressman Earl Blumenauer answered their plea for tickets on their website and presented them to Bowen and a friend on behalf of the Congressional Bike Caucus and Bowen’s hometown Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.).

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Blumenauer’s deputy chief of staff in D.C., James Koski, went along for the ride and was kind enough to send this report and a few photos.

“A bunch of riders met at Gravelly Point in Virginia, then rode together to the Jefferson Memorial where we met Earl and gave Ryan a ticket to the inauguration. Then Earl led a quick tour along the Mall and we ended up at the Capitol for the final group shot.”

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  • Todd Boulanger January 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm


    This was much better than the trio of Detroit execs flying to DC for bail out funds.

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  • Opus the Poet January 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I asked this question on my blog but nobody answered me, where did Blumenauer find that helmet? That has to be the best looking winter helmet I have ever seen.

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