Ed Driscoll

Thurston, We Have a Problem: John 'Crash' Kerry Breaks Leg Biking

The schadenfreude is strong in this one, given the memories of his presidential bid, his role as secretary of state in Mr. Obama’s endlessly snakebit administration, and fellow anti-American socialist Harry Reid’s similarly disastrous alleged recent exercise mishap:

US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bike crash Sunday, apparently after hitting a curb while taking a break after talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

The diplomat was biking near Scionzier, France before the accident, which caused him to scrap the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group.

Kerry, 71, was in stable condition and in good spirits as he prepared to return to Boston for further treatment with the doctor who previously operated on his hip, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

He said X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that Kerry fractured his right femur in the 9.40am incident.

“The secretary is stable and never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Kirby said in a statement.

Kerry was taken by helicopter to Geneva’s main medical center, HUG, after apparently hitting a curb with his bike in the French town about 40 kilometers southeast of the Swiss border.

Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with his motorcade at the time and provided him immediate attention. They quickly decided to order the 10-minute-long helicopter transport.

Kerry’s cycling rides have become a regular occurrence on his trips. He often takes his bike with him on the plane and was riding that bicycle Sunday.

As Twitchy notes as they round-up the Twitter response, “Monica Crowley sees John Kerry’s bike troubles in Switzerland as the perfect metaphor for U.S.-Iran nuke talks.” And that was before Crash Kerry’s French misadventure.

Judging by the photos that accompany the London Daily Mail’s article,  Kerry is of course, one of those bikers who are a staple on nice days in Silicon Valley and elsewhere — a middle-aged man who dresses in the full skin-tight spandex bodysuit striking cosplay dress-up poses as Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France.

Not surprisingly, while Kerry goes under the knife, Matt Drudge is fully prepared to twist it: “Flashback Kerry: ‘I Don’t Fall Down’…”

Exit question: What is the likely Obamacare treatment for a 71-year old man nearing the end of his government career sustaining such an injury?

(Headline first used by Susan Olasky in 2004 in regards to everyone’s favorite Boston Brahmin turned Winter Soldier turned Iranian nuclear procurer.)