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Bush: Liebes-Attacke auf Merkel!

by BooMan Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 04:46:35 PM EST

That's the Bild.de headline. You can watch the video there too. Bush walked up to Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, and started giving her a massage. She threw up her arms in self-defense, made a face, and then drew up her hands into angry fists. Bush moved on. Here is how the Los Angeles Times chose to cover the incident.

Bush gave a less formal greeting to German Chancellor Angela Merkel when he encountered her Sunday in the more modern pavilion on the Konstantinovsky Palace grounds where the afternoon meeting of the G-8 leaders was being held.

It was a lesson in body language.

On his way here, the president spent much of Thursday with Merkel in her Bundestag district in northeastern Germany, building on a friendship that began with her earlier visit to the White House, a welcome guest after her conservative coalition turned Gerhard Schroeder out of office last fall. Schroeder's opposition to the war in Iraq had made him a thorn in Bush's side.

It's safe to say the former chancellor never got the treatment Merkel received from the president.

Entering the meeting room, as relayed by a Russian television camera, Bush headed directly behind the chancellor, reached out and, placing both hands on the collar of her gold jacket, gave her a short massage just below the neck.

She smiled.

See. That crazy liberal press is always slanting things to make Bush look bad.

[hat tip to Jessica of feministing]

psst.  PeWi has already been entertaining us with this story over in the Recommended diaries list.

But good to see you here.  You look great in blue. ;)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:03:59 PM EST
Well I figured y'all needed a new thread.  Plus, my angle is on how the LA Times covered it.
by BooMan on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:13:53 PM EST
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She smiled!!??

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:07:50 PM EST
I think it was one of those we don't want a public scene/diplomatic mess in this situation uneasy smiles.
by MarekNYC on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:15:39 PM EST
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looked like a grimace to me.

by BooMan on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:25:13 PM EST
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Poor Frau Merkel! First the British tabloids publish a picture of her tush and now this. I don't ever recall that anybody dared to lay a hand on Maggie. Perhaps she could give Angela some lessons in how to project power.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 07:10:13 PM EST
Lesson 1: Use masses of hairspray - keeps bugs at bay.

Lesson 2: Carry a Liverpool Lipstick in your handbag (that's a half-brick) you never know when you'll need to defend against a mugger.

Lesson 3: Develop an aura that can freeze-dry an elephant in 3 seconds.

Eats cheroots and leaves.

by NeutralObserver on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 02:44:57 AM EST
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