is calling it “undoubtedly the most embarrassing official trip abroad
any American president” and
The Huffington Post is calling Bush “Groper in Chief.” Days after letting the s word slip while talking through a mouth full
of bread roll to his mate Tony Blair while his microphone was on,
George Bush has created another storm by playfully massaging German
Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G8 summit.

The footage that’s being buzzed about on blogs around the world shows Bush waltzing into a G8 conference room and pausing
to place his hands on Merkel’s shoulders, which he squeezes several

Needless to say, Merkel is not impressed and grimaces before
shrugging off the friendly President’s advances. This is as
inexplicable as Zinedine Zidane’s head butt in the World Cup final,
says Doc Strangelove.

It even eclipses his dad’s unfortunate chunk-hurling
on the Emperor of Japan, says Alternet.

Peter Fray

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