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Not since President George H.W. Bush threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister has a president had the kind of disastrous, faux pas-riddled foreign visit that President Bush experienced at the G-8 Summit in St. Petersburg.

First he was overheard cursing with his mouth full of food. Then he was seen giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel a creepy, uninvited neck rub. Watch video of the incident and view the frame-by-frame pictures.

Jon Stewart had this take:
The chancellor of Germany disengaged herself from the president of the United States using a move she learned in date rape prevention class. ... By the way, if that was Clinton going in for Merkel, somehow her bra would be off.
On Majikthise, blogger Lindsay notes:
Every woman will recognize the guy who sidles up and starts "casually" giving you a backrub without even looking at you, because he wants to preserve deniability in case you freak out. Like any practiced groper, Bush stares right past Merkel as she recoils from his touch. The play fails, but he just moves on, eyes averted, like it's her problem.
In fairness, though, it should be noted that Bush is an equal opportunity harasser. He's also made awkward sexual overtures to Joe Lieberman.

Still, Bush has nothing on Herr Gropenfuhrer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who remains the king of the unwanted sexual advance.

See also:
Bush's Unexpected Squeeze Has Internet Howling (SF Gate)
Bush Gropes, Planet Cringes (Mark Morford)
Bush Goes Goes Wild at G-8 Summit (Will Durst)
Animal House Summit (Maureen Dowd)

Related: Bush Videos | Funny Bush Pics | Funny Schwarzengger Pics


July 21, 2006 at 10:23 pm
(1) Anonymous says:

i think bush had had a few drinks before he he back rubbed the german woman. drunks act this way. and i think that is also why he has to be in bed by 8:00, just to drink a few before betime. i speak as an irishman who knows the irish virus only to well.

July 20, 2008 at 11:55 am
(2) jolou1 says:

LOL, Anonymous!
Oddly, as a German, I see Pres. Bush’s actions as a a feigned warning…or, perhaps, his way of patting-down the Chancellor, without making a big deal out of it.
Remember, Germany — we won the last two!

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