Monday, May 28, 2007

What's He Thinking About?

Governor Daniels rode his Harley in the 500 Festival Parade for the second year in a row. I'm curious what people think of this from a public relations standpoint. Does it humanize him? Is it too out of character? I can't really make up my mind about it. What do you think? Click on the photo to enlarge.

9 comments:

Holy crap, Wilson wasn't the first to comment! said...

Not everything has to have a political or public affairs connotation. When I saw that, my first thought was, 'Cool. He's doing something he enjoys.'

It is possible, y'know, that he just figured if he HAD to be in the parade, he could at least do something more enjoyable than riding around in the back of a convertable waving at people.

Wilson46201 said...

And what about that public service announcement showing the Mini-Guv pumping iron under the slogan of "Real men..." What's he trying to prove? That he's sexier than some California doctor or whatever?

Matt said...

At least he's smart enough to wear a helmet when he's riding.

Anonymous said...

My guess is most would not know who he was on the motorcycle unless it had a sign with his name on it.

Advance Indiana said...

Good point, anon 5:37. I believe his name is announced over the loud speaker at one point in parade, but that speaker is not audible to most people who view the parade.

Anonymous said...

Check out Noam Scheiber's article in the TNR "Populist Poseur Fred Thompson: Pickup Artist" (http://www.tnr.com/user/nregi.mhtml?i=20070521&s=scheiber052107-free registration required). He describes the tendency for rich guy Republicans to assume a countrified persona (e.g., Fred Thompson: lawyer-turned-actor-turned-Washington lobbyist-turned-country boy; GWB, the son of President and Yalie a'workin' on the ranch in Texas) and why it works with that constituency. Think about MMM, a graduate of North Central HS, Princeton, and Georgetown, and his development of that faux hilljack accent at the age of 50.

Anonymous said...

Superb observation, 8:55! The hilljack accent is newly-acquired. I met MMM on the Senate campaign trail in 1982...and he had anry a wisp of such an accent.

But I give him a pass on the motorcycle. If he enjoys it, so be it.

I bet it drives security nuts. Cause he does get threats.

donna said...

Kind of resembles Lord Farquaad. None of the onlookers look impressed, especially the gal with the blue poncho and the dude with the yellow shirt.

kdm said...

Following though with the movie resembles theme … the phrase that immediately popped when I glanced at this picture was: Big bike, little dick! A line variation from my all time favorite politically seedy British comedy, “Personal Services”