It’s big, it’s green and everyone wants one
On Monday night, viewers of BBC2’s Newsnight were served an undoubtedly vital, but rather dry discussion between two US politicians about their nation’s looming “debtaggedon”. But the moment the satellite link-up patched through to the two men standing together on Capitol Hill, all watching eyes were quickly diverted to Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon.
Not only was he wearing a rather flamboyant bow-tie, but pinned to his lapel was a large, plastic, neon green bicycle. Twitter immediately lit up with comments such as, “What’s with that man’s bicycle?!”
Even Jeremy Paxman couldn’t resist, ending the interview with the query: “Can I just ask you, Mr Blumenauer, what is that extraordinary green bicycle on your lapel?”
“Well, I am aggressively ‘bike partisan’,” replied Blumenauer, “and this is the congressional bike caucus membership pin.”
Read the full story here: The Guardian