In earlier, happier times, our leaders were brave. They were courageous warriors. They were decent, educated, sophisticated diplomats. They kept the post-WWII international world order together.
They rode Segways.
The Segway, a two-wheeled motorized scooter, first hit the market in 2001. The product was inherently masochistic. Seventeen years after it emerged, people still make fun of folks who go on Segway tours or ride Segways to work. It’ll never be reclaimed because it was never even a little bit socially acceptable in the first place.
We should never wax nostalgic about President George W. Bush, who lied his way into a failed, unnecessary war. That being said, the president did have borderline human/almost funny moments, like the one time he fell off a Segway while vacationing with his parents in Maine.
Here’s the former president standing tall on his Segway.
And then falling off it shortly after:
The whole Bush family got in on it, boat shoes and all:
Here’s Jenna Bush, riding in style in 2006:
Not content to keep his little piece of shame hidden at home, George W. Bush embarrassed us all by handing out Segways as political gifts. In 2008 Dubya gifted this Segway to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert while discussing peace talks in the Middle East.
Strangely enough, a two-state solution never emerged.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took his Segway home in 2006.
I apologize on behalf of the United States of America to the people of Japan forced to witness this disgraceful ride.
These weren’t the good ol’ days by any stretch of the imagination, but at least they were a bit dorkier. I’d much rather have my president gift a dumb Segway than bounce along to a sword dance.
Thank you, Segway. I’m sorry, America.