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Bush gropes Merkel - Could he be any more of an embarrasment?

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George Bush's massage diplomacy


George W Bush has been dubbed the 'Groper-in-Chief' after being caught on video trying to give his German counterpart a shoulder rub at the G8 Summit.

Days after a well-publicised open microphone gaffe, in which the US President used a four-letter word while having what he thought was a private conversation with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, a video of Bush using massage diplomacy on the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is doing the rounds on the internet.

The footage shows Bush waltzing into a G8 conference room and pausing to place his hands on Merkel's shoulders, which he squeezes several times.

After appearing momentarily stunned, Merkel, the only female head of state at the G8, throws her arms up and shrugs her shoulders in protest.





One German tabloid described the candid moment as Bush's "Love Attack on Merkel!" after giving her a "Texas One-Second Massage".

Another website labelled Bush 'Groper-in-Chief' while a posting on AlterNet described Bush's international trip as "the most embarrassing official trip abroad for any American president."

"Eclipsing even his father's unfortunate chunk-hurling on the Emperor of Japan, Bush has made yet another shameful blunder on what is now undoubtedly the most embarrassing official trip abroad for any American president," the posting said.

"After stumbling from Putin's smackdown at his suggestion that Russia ought to emulate the democracy in Iraq to babbling about wanting to eat a pig to getting caught on tape cursing while chomping on a roll, Bush channeled the Creepy Guy at Work who gives a female coworker an unwanted massage, much to his repulsed target's chagrin."

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Oh the footage made me cringe! Could this guy be any worse at all?

I was upset after the last american election, but Im getting to the point where Im amused by Dubya rather than upset by his hypocrisy on just about every issue...
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Hey, cut the guy some slack. So, he fell off the wagon and got a little liquored up. He's only human.

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lmao at the article trying to insinuate he said f*ck rather than sh*t .... 4 letter word ... was it told or lend?

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seriously i'd be sooo embarrassed to have him lead my country
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Sex appeal is one of the big things going for him, so you have to use what you have. The old broad was into it, if it helps relations with Germany, who am I to criticize?

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The old broad was into it, if it helps relations with Germany, who am I to criticize?
did you see the look on her face? "Into it"?

Actually, I almost felt bad for him. I'm sure that, like the stupid nicknames he gives out, the shoulder-squeeze is something he does with the "good ol'boys" or people he wants to think he's chummy with, and that it was a ham-fisted way to try to create some warm-fuzzies. He came off like the little boy who has a crush and tries to get the girl's attention by shoving a frog down her dress.

Except, he's not a little boy.

(i loved Jon Stewart's comment, though "You know if it had been Clinton, he'd have somehow gotten her bra off wthout complaint" )

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(i loved Jon Stewart's comment, though "You know if it had been Clinton, he'd have somehow gotten her bra off wthout complaint" )
That had me cracking up as well!
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did you see the look on her face? "Into it"?

Actually, I almost felt bad for him. I'm sure that, like the stupid nicknames he gives out, the shoulder-squeeze is something he does with the "good ol'boys" or people he wants to think he's chummy with, and that it was a ham-fisted way to try to create some warm-fuzzies. He came off like the little boy who has a crush and tries to get the girl's attention by shoving a frog down her dress.

Except, he's not a little boy.

(i loved Jon Stewart's comment, though "You know if it had been Clinton, he'd have somehow gotten her bra off wthout complaint" )
If I hear him refer to people in the Middle East as "folks" again, I'm going to scream.

I didn't see the video, maybe she was grossed out, but who wouldn't want a little bit of lovin' from our president.

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I assume he is trying to be playful but it comes off condescending and disrespectful, especially since she's a woman. Really silly because I doubt they are buddy buddy chummy in private much less in public.

As meyerpl said, maybe he's gone back to the drink.
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He could put on the Palestinian scarf and do a high five
gesture.

Oh wait, that was the Spanish PM today or yesterday.

I'm sure the people who lost loved ones in the
train explosions are real happy with that move,
solidarity.


He could make leaders wait in the other room while
he played with his intern, instead of going over Middle
Eastern policy.


He could beat up a wild rabbit with an oar like Carter.
Now, that's a funny picture.


But, he can't top dear old dad...he didn't throw up
on anyone.

I don't think anyone is going to top that for a long
time. Barfing in Japan.

Merkel and he goof around, that's pretty clear. The
woman served him wild boar. What's that all about.
He's a goofball, I agree. He makes faces.

So what?



He got the G-8 to agree w/his policy ideas quite a lot,
more than usual. Fact is the G-8 generally agreed
w/his policy stances. He took a pro-Israel stance, and
he's sticking with it to allow Israel to respond to the
months of attacks from South Lebanon terrorist
camps.

Good.

He can be a goofball all he wants.
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Oh the footage made me cringe! Could this guy be any worse at all?

I was upset after the last american election, but Im getting to the point where Im amused by Dubya rather than upset by his hypocrisy on just about every issue...
I suppose that you were then horrified with what Clinton did with Minica Lewinsky. Good for you.
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This man should not have been allowed at that meeting without his nanny
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