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Bush the Decider Groper

Taylor Marsh has a series of photos that just have to be seen to be believed. Crooks and Liars has the video. Keep in mind that the woman in the picture is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a fellow head of state, being groped by the president of the United States.

The Approach

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The Grope

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The Get-Away

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My guess is that any woman can look at those pictures and know exactly what’s going on. The German chancellor got an unwelcome grope from our frat-boy-in-chief. And I’m willing to bet money that most of the women I know would have socked the guy with one of those balled up fists Merkel is displaying in the pictures above.

For the guys who don’t get what the big deal is, keep in mind Bush can’t keep his hands off the guys either.

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As a gay man, I’ve had my share of unwelcome gropes. (And I’ve been know to grab a groper by the wrist, turn him to face me, and ask him what he thought he was doing.) It’s not funny or flattering. At best it’s assuming a familiarity that doesn’t exist between two people. At worst it’s a way of dehumanizing someone reducing them to a body part to be groped, and it’s a way of asserting dominance; an unspoken way of saying “I can put my hands on you any time I want, and there’s not much you can do about it.”

The difference between the president and most gropers, though, is that the rest are usually smart enough not to do it when there are cameras rolling.

And I used to think the most embarrassing picture of Bush was this one.

Bush Fly Open

Boy was I ever wrong.

145 Comments

  1. Maybe POTUS (our Commander in Chief, the Leader of the Free World) is evolving in reverse, from an adolescent state backwards until he curls up into infancy.

    Next time he runs into Chancellor Merkel, maybe he’ll pass her a note: “Do you like me? Check yes or no.” And then, a few months later, he’ll simply reach for her breast, hoping to suckle.

  2. “This type of ridiculous attack will continue to create Bush supporters among thinking people.”

    That’s nonsense. Only a supporter would say that.

    Actually it is a joke NickM. There are no THINKING people who support Bush! It’s such a sly slight of hand I wonder if it was meant to be a spoof?

    Oh, and azbill, thanks for calling Jeff on his MAD cut-n-paste skillz. Yo Jeff, your manifesto be tight dawg… but in the future don’t waste our time with your masters propoganda in EVERY political blog in the verse. Unlike wingnuts we not only READ we also REMEMBER.

  3. Its amazing how Bush supporters will accept and give excuses for anything this president does, no matter how bad or repulsive. He is supposed to represent Americans with dignity and respect. During this G8 summit he displayed none of the above. Zero class. I have never been so embarrassed as an American.

  4. Bravo T!
    Everyone is entitled to their opnions so it’s mine to say that we are letting this dumbass ruin our lives and kill lots of innocent people for power and OIL in the name of freedom. As far as I’m concerned he’s no different then those Ayatollah’s (his dad’s oil buddies). Tired of all of the blind sheep allowing this guy to get away with everything. NO BLOOD FOR OIL> PEACE and thank you for your insight…..he thinks he can get away with anything and it’s time for folks to wake up and kick his dumb ass to the curb…..

  5. Come on, anyone who things this over-reacting go read the German sites. A few are furious. Imagine if a foreign leader came over and made Bush look a fool (well bad example – he doesn’t need a foreign leader to do that). Ok they came over and humilate him some how. Get him in awkward position, oh another bad example.

    Ok my example will go nowhere here using Bush as the character, so plain in simple in other countries people are proud that their country is personified by their leader. In our country well not so much, regardless Bushie just made the German leader look foolish or below him. So yes it is a big deal, its an insult to the country itself or at least to those who believe their country and status is personified by its govt. Back 200 years ago this kind of afront started wars. Good thing we live in modern times and have more bombs then everybody else, otherwise we would have started as Bush said to Blair some other ‘sh*t’

  6. I feel for anyone with ADHD. It certainly doesn’t mean that you are not an intelligent person. However, to have a president that acts on impulse and doesn’t think things through is terrifying. He’s the man with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

    I’m not so sure he doesn’t have ADCD, Attention Deficit Cocaine Disorder. It’s also clear that he has the maturity level of an 8th grader. A fact I’m sure Putin, Hu, Merkel and even Blair have come to realize.

  7. It must be galling to have a president who is so much of a fool he doesn’t even know what a fool he is. But he is, of course, surrounded by a crew of hard vicious men who wouldn’t have it any other way. What to watch for is how they plan the choice of their next booby.

  8. i agree with steve. he’s not a pervert he’s just an asshole. you’re a pervert.

  9. Hillary Clinton walks into an international conference, strolls towards her place at the table and pauses to give – say – Tony Blair a little touchy-feely around the neck.

    Imagine the outpourings from Wingnutistan.

  10. This is a crime against humanity. George W Bush who abuses human rights of woman often as illustrated here should be tried in the Hague for his war crimes.

  11. >I’d like to see him try that with Putin or Chirac. >And Bush is a stranger, a colleague, and is not a >friend and not a family member.

    >Maybe POTUS (our Commander in Chief, the Leader of >the Free World) is evolving in reverse, from an >adolescent state backwards until he curls up into >infancy.

    The next scene we will see is Putin laying of big one on Bush’s stomach. South Park material for sure!

  12. To all those dunderheads who don’t seem to see why Bush was out of line: I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.

    And I’m not going to waste my time trying, any more than I would consider most of the comments supporting Bush to be ‘arguments’.

  13. WOW, a lot of good stuff to read here.

    What if Bush has a good relationship with her? And that behavior is acceptable to her. And he has done that to her when the cameras were not rolling.

    Maybe she just got noided at the fact the she was startled AND the cameras were rolling. He left because he realized at that instant, LOL, that he made a mistake since the cameras were rolling.

    I think it is all just about the cameras rolling and who was aware of that fact and who wasn’t.

    Clearly Bush didn’t think the cameras were rolling OR he thought it would be a friendly gesture (some people express themselves this way – I don’t, but know people who do – no big deal). Clearly the GC knew the cameras were rolling and reacted accordingly. All other inferences to his intentions etc. are just ridiculous.

    Now, I did vote for Bush, but have not been a huge fan of his public tactics, but he’s in there for a reason and let’s not forget that. He is just one man, and he doesn’t single handedly run the country. It is an image thing with most people as it should be. And he is representing our wonderful country so he should be on his best behavior at all times. But we are all human and make mistakes, and no man ever had inegrity 100% of the time. Well, there was one who did, Jesus.

  14. I’ve been on the receiving end of EXACTLY this kind of attention, from married men, from people who had the power to employ me (or not), and from guys who thought my shape and size implied some rampant wantonness just waiting for the touch of the master’s hand (theirs).

    And when it came from those who had the power to give me a gig or not, most times I just endured it. It doesn’t mean I then reconfigured the relationship to allow their touch–kind of like Dubya retrofitting legislation to allow him to torture and wiretap. It would have created a scene if I had jabbed an elbow or objected verbally (e.g., I wouldn’t want the man’s nearby wife to hear that I considered myself groped by her husband). I weighed my options and chose endurance.

    That may be why some posters here allow themselves to think such touch is not unwelcome.

  15. What a complete and utter fool that man is. I’m ashamed to call him my President!

    What does it take to get him impeached and out of office along with the rest of his cronies? Laura should move out of the WH and move back to Crawford TX by herself she would be better off. He has Condi on the side and god only knows how many men so why stay with a fool like that.

    As for the people saying hes doing nothing that another president wouldn’t do. Show me one ex-pres that ever groped a chancellor or dignitary and got away with it?

  16. It’s a common expectation in our society that unnessessary touching (groping’s a bit extreme in this case) is not appropriate, whether welcomed or not, in the place of bussiness/work. Mr. Bush is the President of the United States (for those who still think he’s just “a good ol’boy from Texas”) and is to conduct himself as a professional whom both respects and represents the laws of the land. What kind of message does he send to other men?
    “Phallophobia” is a fear of male sexualality only if refering to the male organ (or phallic objects)- however if you’re afraid of heights and I dangle you by your feet from the Empire State building, then how would you react? It’s not up to the President, nor any of you, to cure a woman of such a condition. If you’re the man that insists that it’s his God given right to make advances on women, than you may have a homophobic condition. Many men finish their day without the uncontrollable need to touch a strange woman. Perhaps these men touch to reassure themselves of their sexuallity- it’s not unheard of.
    The bottom line is that the President should perform the laws if he is to uphold them. I know someone is going to cry “Clinton! Bill! Oval Office!”. What law did he break? His behavior wasn’t even deviant for a American man- perhaps for a President but there is no law stating that our President isn’t permitted to engauge in sexual activities.

  17. it makes me uncomfortable and upset just to look at the pictures, I know exactly what she must have been feeling. Uck.

  18. Steve kicked off the comments with the other perspective, which is obviously wrong if you consider the facts, and especially if you watch the video. This wasn’t Merkel horsing around too, she wasn’t receptive, or even inviting the familiar touch.

  19. What if Bush has a good relationship with her? And that behavior is acceptable to her. And he has done that to her when the cameras were not rolling.

    Maybe she just got noided at the fact the she was startled AND the cameras were rolling. He left because he realized at that instant, LOL, that he made a mistake since the cameras were rolling.
    –From Jim (9:12AM)

    Yeah, and what if pigs had wings? Then they could fly!

    Anybody stupid and/or uncivilized enough to defend this behavior should seriously consider leaving the Cro-Magnon era, and learning about life in the 21st Century. This behavior is not cute or funny, it is insulting and degrading. If you didn’t know that already, just take a look at the expression on her face.

  20. Having been on the receiving end of a male colleague coming from behind with unwanted and unannounced touching, I can tell you that on a gut level it’s a frightening experience, and afterwards it’s a humiliating one. It’s unprofessional, inapproppriate, and yes, harrassment, I (and my husband, and the H.R. department) don’t care what the intensions are.

  21. The expression on Chancelor Merkel’s face is one of PAIN! Rubbing someones “back” or pinching their shoulder’s is two different things. Men do this to men, and some get their ribs “tickled” but that only happens once, believe me.

    Who among us knows the condition her “condition” is in re her shoulders? Any of us know whether or not she has had othrascopic surgery which has up to two year recovery time?

    Lastly, what would be the reaction of Mrs. Bush, Kennedy, Ragen, et al, if the Heads of State of any and all other countries elicited the same reaction of these women?

    Someone in an ealier post asked what Putin’s response would be to such a “message”; as a black belt in the sweet science of hand to hand combat discipline, you have one or two guesses.

    If it had been Golda Meir she would have decked him.

  22. Uh, let’s see…

    Merkel’s response was appropriate, Bush’s touch was way out of line for international diplomacy, and the people who think the above posting is going to ‘create’ Bush supporters are …using some weird logic or perhaps crystal meth. Merkel is a world leader. She is, actually, Germany’s version of Bush—ironically, or not.

  23. It’s humiliating. Either he’s so ignorant that doesn’t understand that “massaging” a female world leader is a put-down (an alienates one of the few conservatives who might support him), or he’s so arrogant he thinks he’s somehow in charge of this group.

  24. If that had been my wife, even if I hadn’t been there, when I saw the videos or photos, I’d certainly have kicked his ass.

    Whoah! I think I just had an orgasm imagining that!

  25. The real question is, why didn’t Merkel get up and slap him?

  26. Please tell me that we won’t elect an even bigger ignoramus in 2008. Please tell me this is going to end in a few years, and we’ll have a president that even if I don’t agree with him, at least won’t behave like a drunken college boy on a European spring break. I mean, really, there can’t be a bigger fool than this, can there?

    It would have been within her right to mace this creep!

  27. 70 comments on one subject and everyone saying one thing or another. After reading 35 I’m just going to say, yes he was an idiot, yes he does these does these things all the time. No he won’t change, so just laugh at him and wait another two years until another head of state is in power.

  28. I’ve always interpreted a brief, unsolicited shoulder rub as a sign of endearment or affection regardless of the gender of the giver and recipient. In my view this is completely inappropriate given the context in which it was given and the relationship that one supposes must exist between these two. For heaven’s sakes! He’s at an international meeting among world leaders – not at a private dinner party among best friends. Merkel is the daughter of a Lutheran minister. She’s a cultivated woman, probably from a conservative upbringing, and her body language tells me that she definitely doesn’t appreciate what just transpired. Truly hard to believe that this guy is the product of an aristocratic New England family. Where did they go so wrong?

  29. Can’t believe all of the palaver re Bush’s shoulder massage. There was no sexual meaning or disrespect intended. Bush does this type of thing often, as a matter of fact it is SOP because he is constantly in the company of people who are his intellectual superior so instictively hides his lack of intellect and his incompetence by being a regular (informal) guy since he has nothing else to offer. Beer anyone?

  30. I am sure Bush will bend more laws and run for president again and win. That would be great! I support Bush!

    P.S. – I am not an American.

  31. This social and professional imbecile is a danger to be avoided. Consider the difficulties any gentleman would face from the secret service upon a man’s thrashing this goon.

    He should be kept in a zoo, far distant from social contact. To put him in contact with world leaders is a crime against civilization. Whether he fits with the prehistoric parlance of the neanderthals, I can’t say, but I should hope not.

    Ladies, all of the above, thank you so much for your invaluable comments, which I took to heart.

  32. (I have never met an anti-choice person – especially men – who didn’t have mommy issues).

    Let me start off by saying I think Bush’s rubbing of the Chancelor of Germany was idiotic at best.

    Kathy,

    What I have issue with is your attempt to turn this into an abortion issue. The term that were looking for is “Pro-Life” not “Anti-Choice” or “Anti-Abortion.” The rhetoric that you are spewing is so tired and pathetic that I hesitate to even dignify it with a response. Whether a person is Pro-Life or Pro-Choice (notice I did not say “Anti-Life”) has no bearing on this situation. In addition your attack on men in general (within the same sentence) was simply pathetic. I would have to say based on your open hostility toward men and pro-life people that you seem to be the one with both Mommy and Daddy issues.

  33. As our fellow humans die and bleed in the Middle East, Bush embarassed the US by pandering to his international peer, once again displaying that he is a dolt. He is all about himself, nothing else. If he sincerely wanted to make a positive impression representing US at the G8, he’d thoughtfully consider his moves, but he doesn’t have the impulse control to do that. Not many former drunken cokers do. He’s a narcisstic dry drunk, and probably not too dry, either.

    Instead of doing everything possible for a ceasefire, he knoshes bread while criticizing the head of the UN for seeking peace.

    Instead of respectfully answering questions at the press conference, he jokes about his upcoming pork meal.

    Instead of being gracious to his host, he made her uncomfortable.

    Way to go (not), George.

  34. Look deeper. Disrespecting women is bad, but not at all surprising with this president. He disrespects everyone except a fawning few sycophants.

    I have to wonder is whether Bush is just high on being himself or if he’s back to the bottle. Combine this flakey, inappropriate, act with his flakey, inappropriate open microphone comments (“Hey, Blair, where are you going?”) and you don’t just get a picture of a spoiled brat (which he is), but a totally out of control one. I think his friends Jim Beam and Jack Daniels are out with him again.

    regards,
    Guy.

  35. It was simply inappropriate. We are “lead” by a guy who does not know what would be dignified and respectful in such a setting. It was an unthinking move. How did we get such an idiot.

  36. If Bill Clinton would of done the same thing it would be the lead story on Fox News. Of course if Bill did it she might of liked it.

  37. Show a little respect Jul 19th, 2006 at 4:00 am
    Come on, anyone who things this over-reacting go read the German sites. A few are furious. Imagine if a foreign leader came over and made Bush look a fool (well bad example – he doesn’t need a foreign leader to do that). Ok they came over and humilate him some how. Get him in awkward position, oh another bad example.

    Ok my example will go nowhere here using Bush as the character, so plain in simple in other countries people are proud that their country is personified by their leader. In our country well not so much, regardless Bushie just made the German leader look foolish or below him. So yes it is a big deal, its an insult to the country itself or at least to those who believe their country and status is personified by its govt. Back 200 years ago this kind of afront started wars. Good thing we live in modern times and have more bombs then everybody else, otherwise we would have started as Bush said to Blair some other ’sh*t’

    I think what you’re saying is “Imagine if Putin (or anyother world leader) ran up and gave Bush a wet willie while he was talking to another world leader? It’s just plain disrespect. For Chancellor Merkel, for her country. Oh yeah, do you know any Germans who like to be touched? That’s a running joke in my family — the German side hates all that warm touch-feely crap, that’s our French and Italian sides. Enough said.

    And anyway, why do you all Bush supporters say that his intent was not bad, mainly because he’s too dumb to have bad intentions? That’s the ultimate frat-boy excuse… I didn’t know it was illegal. I didn’t know it was going to hurt anybody. Anybody remember the Eddie Haskell character from “Leave it to Beaver?”

    His gestures are not a display of just disrespect for a person, or particular individuals, they show a complete disregard for society as a whole. Bush is the ultimate sociopath! Don’t excuse him because he “seems” too dumb. Give me a break.

  38. Very timely post. I watched Bush land in Germany on the way to the G8 and noticed that he grabbed some official guy (and his wife – was he the ambassador?) by the scruff of the neck (another form of the “neck massage?”) as a greeting. I thought, gee, after that head grab “come hither” kiss with Joementum, Bush has got the Cheerleader frat top down good. And I suspect most men (like some of the other respondents) now lie down for it and justify it because it’s familiar childhood bully behavior that they took when they were small and never fought back. Merkel displayed a typical polite female response which is to push back by lifting her arms and shrugging the action away. Oddly, most men seem to just grin stupidly, lay back, and take it just like they did when they were kids.

  39. Now, I did vote for Bush, but have not been a huge fan of his public tactics, but he’s in there for a reason and let’s not forget that. He is just one man, and he doesn’t single handedly run the country. It is an image thing with most people as it should be. And he is representing our wonderful country so he should be on his best behavior at all times. But we are all human and make mistakes, and no man ever had inegrity 100% of the time. Well, there was one who did, Jesus

    .

    You have got to be kidding me. Excusing Bush’s behavior because he’s not Jesus is absolutely ridiculous. Jesus would have called Bush on the carpet if this had happened in front of him, just like he did to the men who were so eager to stone a female adulterer. And Bush demonstrates about as low of integrity as any lecherous man I’ve met. That constant need to put his hands on people is with his palmside down, and he’s not performing miracles!

    And exactly how did you feel when you found out Clinton had committed adultery and lied to the American people about it? I doubt you made any parallels to Christ!

    This is insulting to all us Christians!

  40. What about the fact that Bush did this while Merkel was conversing, HELLOOO disrespect? Male or female, when people are in conversation, let alone in a situation such as this, it is just plain rude to make any sort of unrelated interruption!!! It is disrespectful to all of those conversing, not only Merkel! AND..didn’t his father teach him how to behave in public? You’d think after each incident that Bush makes an ass out of himself, someone would give him a refresher course on how to behave in public. It makes you wonder about his upbringing! This is why Americans are often depicted negatively, he is rude, thus we are rude!!! My mother would have been horrified if any of her children acted with this disregard for others.

  41. I don’t know that Bush really has the forthought try to dehumanize anyone with his actions. He is just an ignorant and cluelessly dissrespectful. If he were strategically acting like a jerk I could respect that even if I didn’t like it.

    He is Homer Simpson — he makes a fool of Himself, His Country by proxy and Blows things up.

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  43. Bush has pushed his ‘man of the people, good ol’ boy’
    persona over the edge.
    He’s a bully with no noticable interest in how the world really works.
    Can’t you feel that in your gut as well as work it
    out in your brain?
    btw, I’m a Texan and I don’t appreciate him claiming
    to be one.

  44. Wow. I dont think this was a sexual touch, but that doesn’t make it ok.

    That kind of overly friendly touching isn’t appropriate for a world leader. Especially since she didn’t see him coming – just bad judgement on his part. If this wasn’t in the context of world leaders having an official meeting this wouldn’t be a big deal. But the president of a country should know better, and be held to higher standards.

    In my opinion it doesn’t look “predatory” – but that doesn’t matter. It was unprofessional and a serious breach of etiquette.

  45. Look at us.
    Look at what we have become.
    Look at what this man has brought out in our public discourse. Was it a grope or just immature? Get over it girls, he’s just being a friendly guy. Oh really? Is that it?
    How did this happen? And so very quickly.

    For those of you who think this was a harmless act, well, I understand that it is hard to admit you were wrong about somebody you thought was a truly good person. And maybe it is easy to forgive a patronizing attitude when it is not aimed at you. Ok. But when you discover such a zast array of such deep flaws, displayed in public with no concern or remorse…no sensitivity to the feelings or more importantly the suffering of others, open disdain for intelligent analysis that might serve to deepen an otherwise lifelong shallowness in understanding of human relations, reveling in dispensing death(smirking “please don’t kill me” as he metes out more capital punishment than any American in modern history) no less and no more than the reveling in “collateral damage” to innocents around the world as “freedom is on the march”, but never once mentioning the word “justice”, never bothering to learn how to pronounce “Abu, uh, abu gar-ubb” the name of the cite where representatives of OUR government tortured and even killed prisioners (I hear you agruing this one already in your Limbaugh-Hanity induced moral coma), joking about his gluttinous fixation on a roasted pig when questioned about America’s response to tragic and intensifying conflict among our ostensible allies (oh yes, they numbered Lebanon as one of their major successes just weeks ago, remember?), missing any irony about his open mouth PORK lust in the context of THIS conflict, chewing out expletive laden simplistic irritations with everyone around him (“they talk too long” toddler impatience), using Jesus Christ to validate it all…how long does a list have to get before you see that you were wrong and it is ok? Yes, it is ok. But what will it take?
    Look, we’ve all been wrong about somebody. It hurts. You want to lash out. When you have to admit it, when you find out your priest is a pedophile or your favorite teacher is a letch, well, you defend, you argue, you rail, but then you realize and you move on. But beyond a certain point, to continue to support it, defend it, apologize for it, and finally simply deny it suggests a deep character flaw. Most of us have finally passed that point, and realize it is time to step up for America and bring us back to ourselves.
    Drunks can take their families down, or the families can break away and survive. Choose. And for God’s sake, and most certainly the world’s, reflect, and then VOTE for CHANGE.

  46. You’re all insane…stop blogging about Dubya and get a real, political, personal, involved, evolving life, please, please, please….vote but read your Bill of Rights and the Constitution before you do that….read, register, vote, and turn this sad-ass country around…want reality TV? Watch all the different C-Spans and see how the old, white, sexually challenged men spend your tax money each day…get real and stay real

  47. jesus crispy, you are making such a big deal out of this. every now and then i walk up behind a coworker and give her a wet-willie (wasn’t that clinton’s porn-star-name?). should she complain? what happened to her sense of humor. so with a name like merkel, anyway, and what kind of a job is chance-a-lor anywho? its not like she is the President of a major power. tell miss high-and-mighty she was just lucky to have the president bless her with his touch. (note on other things he has touched and so blessed: iraq, social security, medicare). I agree with the first comment— there are at least 3 sides to every story… but i think mine is best

    If I worked with you, & you gave me a “wet Willie”, I would file harassment charges against YOU! That behavior in any work place is unacceptable. Regarding the SIZE of a country, ALL Leaders of ANY country should be treated with RESPECT. Were you raised in a cave? Bush’s behavior was embarrassing at a time when the USA’s reputation has lost credibility for invading a sovereign a country on the pretense of WMDs, domestic spying, failing to aid its own citizens during the Hurricane Katrina, etc. etc.

    We have a failed health care system, failing our veterans, cutting benefits, no raise in the minimum wage; however, Congress was able to agree on a PAY RAISE for THEMSELVES ~ THANK GOD ~ I was worried about that.

    Get over Clinton ~ he has been out of office for how long now? Grover Cleveland had an illegitimate child, I never hear Cleveland this, Cleveland that.

    Bush’s behavior was childish & boorish, and yes, admit it, he made a MISTAKE. He isn’t GOD, he made a MISTAKE. Republicans seem to think he can do not wrong and take up for him on everything. He could shit (Thanks to Bush, I now use that word freely) on the American flag and they would take up him.

    I guess you would do that too.

  48. I have slogged through this whole comment stream, so I guess I should add my two cents. Terrance, good on you for having a thread pick up so much interest. I suspect you have other ideas which you would hope draw some interest from the stream of visitors drawn here by this subject.
    A. Bush is a pig, and acts in piggy ways. Big surprise.
    B. For a man to assume it’s OK to do this without an explicit signal just shows he’s a pig.
    C. For a nation’s leader to do this without an explicit signal that it’s OK just shows he’s clueless.
    D. For a nation’s leader to do this on camera just shows he’s a stone-cold idiot.
    E. God help us.
    F. On a different subject, one of the commenters objected, because one of the other commenters didn’t use the term “Pro-Choice”. Really, tough shit. “Pro-life” is a propaganda term spun out by anti-abortion activists, in a fairly successful attempt to change the dialogue on abortion choice, which polls have shown for decades are supported by the majority of Americans. To imply that “Pro-Life” does not imply that the other side is “Anti-Life” is specious and insulting. The logical consequence of this Orwellian twisting of the language is the veto of stem cell research inflicted on us by the ultra-right. I will give the anti-abortion forces props for using this language so effectively, and recommend that opponents of the death penalty begin to refer to themselves as “Anti-Death”. I don’t know about the current Pope, but certainly JPII would have signed on to such a phrasing.
    G. Last, but not least, to Steve, who broke the cherry on the comment thread, what on earth are you talking about when you refer to “sexual escapades”? Have you actually ever read this blog before?

  49. Isn’t the truth about this entire scenario that Bush has made so many blunders, said so many ridiculous things and made it clear himself that he is not the sort of individual that should be president of a major super-power, that he has in fact opened himself up to commentary as is made here. I don’t know of one person who actually has any form of respect for the man, who agrees with his decisions, or even believes the half-baked statements he makes.

    In essence, this has nothing to do with sexual harassment (although I would given him a good karate chop!) or the fact that Bush might demonstrative, instead, it has to do with the fact that he is an arrogant, ignorant imbecile who doesn’t understand boundaries, whether personal or in terms of countries.

  50. Well said, Tom.