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."