Kerry, Keeping a Low Profile for Tour de Fance

A little more on John Kerry at the Tour de France…

Sen. John Kerry arrived at the Tour de France on Friday night, on hand for the race he’s wanted to see again since he was a kid living in France in the 1950s.

However, last year’s Democratic presidential nominee wanted to keep a low profile and brought no entourage for his weekend visit. He drank beer in the parking lot with Tour workers Friday night.

Then on Saturday, the cycling fan rode in the red Tour car with event director Jean Marie Leblanc. Kerry also was invited onto the Discovery Channel team bus to visit with Lance Armstrong before the stage.

The two met a year ago, and talked via mobile phone during last year’s Tour. Armstrong and girlfriend Sheryl Crow also were in Boston last November to watch the election results at Kerry headquarters.

Like Armstrong, Kerry is a cancer survivor and has been wearing a LiveStrong bracelet since they came out last summer. A woman in Iowa gave Kerry the bracelet, and he has yet to take it off.

It was at the final election event that Armstrong invited Kerry to be his guest at this year’s Tour.

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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5 Responses to Kerry, Keeping a Low Profile for Tour de Fance

  1. Noisy Democrat says:

    That’s a nice article. It’s the 2nd one in about a week that’s talked about JK fulfilling childhood dreams — the other one being the one about the shuttle launch, IIRC. Nice to see that kind of thing.

  2. Luftmensch says:

    I agree! I think anyone who has REALLY tried to find out about who John Kerry is quickly realizes that he is incredibly consistent in his views, his passions and his goals. It’s very moving to see that he goes after his personal dreams as indefatigably as he pursues his political and policy goals. I hope more Americans will soon come to understand this about him.

  3. Luftmensch Says: at 7:54 am

    I think “REALLY” is the key word here. Most people “REALLY” don’t take the time to look at who a person is.

  4. kj says:

    And people like John Kerry have been outstanding for the majority of their lives. I think it’s too much for some to realize, that someone could think and study as deeply as he has on so many subjects, could volunteer to fight in a war he was conflicted about, to volunteer to skipper a swiftboat, had the bravery to speak up for his fellow soldiers when he returned, etc.

    John Kerry has spent a livetime being unusual and a person who is NOT from-a-cookie-cutter mold.

    He’s an intellectual, a warrior, a healer and a visionary.

  5. Teresa says:

    I agree.