The League has the story here.
News has been filtering in for days about theappointment of Denis McDonough to be President Obama’s new Chief of Staff.
We’ve been paying particular attention because he lives not far from the League’s own Scott Williams in Takoma Park, Md. In fact, they are passing acquaintances… i.e. McDonough usually passes Scott on his bike ride to work.
McDonough’s appointment was made official late last week, along with the shocking news that the new Chief of Staff may not be able to continue riding his bike to work. That, according to President Obama, “probably isn’t allowed.”
The League’s office is only a couple of blocks from the White House and we haven’t banned Scott from riding to work – so we don’t think it’s the distance or lack of a decent route that’s the issue. And I am sure Scott would offer to ride along with Denis in their own little bike train, if that would make the difference; we can be flexible with Scott’s hours, Mr. President.
Along with a Top Ten Reasons why Denis Should be Allowed to Bike to Work.
Meanwhile, Tom Harkin is retiring from the Senate so that he can bike more.
My wife is a great bicyclist. And I’ve never done RAGBRAI (the noncompetitive bicycle ride across Iowa), because they always do it when I’m in session. So there’s one thing [I want to do]. She goes on these great bicycle rides, but I can’t do them.