My life has been oh-so-dull without George W. Bush around. I’ve stopped cursing every time I turn on the TV. When I occasionally lapse into Bush-isms, I’m increasingly greeted with blank stares. Oh, George, it’s like we never knew you at all. Were you just a bad dream?
But tonight on the news…I saw him. He had surfaced in Haiti of all places, and a video camera caught him shaking the hand of an earthquake survivor and appearing … yes, definitely appearing … to wipe his hand afterwards on Bill Clinton’s shirt.
Take a look at the footage…
What do you think? Did he wipe or didn’t he?
Suddenly, it’s like George W. has never been gone at all. The hand wipe is all over the news and so are rumours that Bush apparently makes a habit of this.
He reportedly wiped his glasses on the shirt of David Letterman’s assistant during the 2000 campaign. According to the New York Times review of Barack Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope, Obama “recalls a meet-and-greet encounter at the White House with George W. Bush, who warmly shook his hand, then ‘turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president’s hand.’ (‘Good stuff,’ he quotes the president as saying, as he offered his guest some. ‘Keeps you from getting colds.’)”
It was strange seeing George W. again. Kind of like a bad flashback. Remember back when he said, “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” Or…wait…remember when he said, “”You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
The Bush bungle in Haiti even tops Vice-President Joe Biden’s gaffe when he apparently turned to President Obama after the announcement of the successful passage of Health Care reform and said, “This is a big f-ing deal.”
Yes, dammit, it is. And George W. should be very happy about the passage of this bill because when he gets back home from Haiti more Americans will have paid healthcare to deal with all of those germs he’s trying to wipe off.
George Bush on the Ranch, White House Photo, by Eric Draper
Feature Photo, Creative Commons, Wikimedia