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Bush's back rub magnified in cyberspace
AP ^ | July, 20 | By JAKE COYLE,

Posted on 07/20/2006 9:07:21 PM PDT by notes2005

NEW YORK - An impromptu back rub that President Bush gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now massaging millions of funny bones.

A 5-second video and series of photographs recently posted on YouTube.com and various blogs show Bush surprising Merkel at the G-8 Summit by quickly rubbing the back of her neck and shoulders. The chancellor immediately hunches her shoulders, throws her arms up and grimaces, though she appears to smile as Bush walks away.

The video has been one of the most popular clips on the Web and spawned countless remarks on the particulars of etiquette for world leaders. Coupled with Bush's use of an expletive at the summit and a U.S. senator comparing the Internet to a "series of tubes," the incident reveals anew the power of the Web — and YouTube, specifically — to beam embarrassing political gaffes around the world.

Larry Sabato, professor of politics at the University of Virginia, agrees that today, public figures have to be more careful in "a thousand ways." But he maintains sites like YouTube can be revealing.

"If they're not doing something that's embarrassing, they have nothing to worry about," he says. "A president ought to know enough not use an expletive in a fairly open meeting and almost any male alive today knows that you don't offer uninvited massages to any female, much less the chancellor of Germany."

Many writers saw a sexist aspect to Bush's back rub. "This isn't a Sigma Chi kegger, it's the G-8 Summit," wrote blogger Christy Hardin Smith on Firedoglake.com.

(Bush was actually in Delta Kappa Epsilon. Another Web 2.0 truism: Blogs are not always friendly with the facts.)

Earlier this week, Bush was recorded using the s-word while discussing the Mideast with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. An mp3 of Bush's line, posted by The New York Times, has been a popular download — ranking two spots ahead of Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" on The Hype Machine, a Web site that charts the most-linked audio tracks by blogs.

No one need remind former presidential hopeful Howard Dean of the political ramifications of the Web — nor Sen. Ted Stevens (news, bio, voting record) of Alaska.

The 82-year-old Republican, chairman of the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation, has been parodied mercilessly by bloggers after referring to the Internet as a "series of tubes" and for mistakenly calling an e-mail "an Internet." A music video for the "DJ Ted Stevens Techno Remix" is currently playing on YouTube.

Like Bush's closed-door G-8 meeting, a speech by Stevens was once unlikely to reach many people. But now sites like YouTube can strike anytime, anywhere.

Even when you're getting a massage.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; cattysnottybrats; g8summit; germany; merkel; notbreaking
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?vgeFCRNOWni4&searchBush%20Merkel

1 posted on 07/20/2006 9:07:23 PM PDT by notes2005
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To: notes2005

She probably thought it was Bubba.


2 posted on 07/20/2006 9:11:40 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: notes2005
The hunched shoulders and grimance are simply the signs of German female euphoria. Haven't these socialist wingnuts ever been with a German woman?

That is why she smiled afterwards and lit up a cigarette.

LOL.

Hows that for spin?

3 posted on 07/20/2006 9:12:56 PM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: notes2005

I guess it's better than Putin kissing a little boy on the stomach. WTF is wrong with these guys?


4 posted on 07/20/2006 9:12:57 PM PDT by billybudd
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To: notes2005

You only have to worry, if you care:')


5 posted on 07/20/2006 9:14:35 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: notes2005

You only have to worry, if you care:')


6 posted on 07/20/2006 9:14:35 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: notes2005

I'll tell you now, any chance he had at a third term are doomed now.




All kidding aside, I think the massage thing was bigger than it seems, Merkel is still on shaky ground and that image was patronizing to her, it will probably be used by the left in Germany to belittle her status as a strong leader.


7 posted on 07/20/2006 9:15:50 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: notes2005
I love how they use this as an opportunity to spin Bush's swearing as a negative, when in fact it's one of the most popular things he's done in office.

The "highlight" of this article is this backrub thing, but notice how quickly they toss in the swearing incident, trying to lump it all in as "Bush's gaffes".

One of the most liberal people I know told me when Bush swore about Syria, it was the first time he really considered Bush president!

8 posted on 07/20/2006 9:17:03 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (http://www.savethesoldiers.com/)
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To: notes2005
Many writers saw a sexist aspect to Bush's back rub. "This isn't a Sigma Chi kegger, it's the G-8 Summit," wrote blogger Christy Hardin Smith on Firedoglake.com.

(Bush was actually in Delta Kappa Epsilon. Another Web 2.0 truism: Blogs are not always friendly with the facts.)

This whole tempest in a teaspoon is silly, but whatever. I just want to add that there's not the slightest sign in that comment from Firedoglake.com that Christy Smith was trying to specify the frat that Bush pledged.

9 posted on 07/20/2006 9:17:49 PM PDT by AntiGuv ("..I do things for political expediency.." - Sen. John McCain on FOX News)
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To: notes2005
Notice on U tube they refer to it as a "grope"?

I think Katheryn Willie might have a difference of opinion on what a "grope" is, yet they try and associate that term with this action.

10 posted on 07/20/2006 9:21:11 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money -- M. Thatcher)
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To: notes2005

If the leftist idiots have nothing more substantial to whine, moan and bitch about than this...(and they don't)....

LET them waste their time bleating about non-issue crap like this. Hell, it's less than four months before the election and THIS is all the idiots have left to talk about? No Cheney indictment. No Rove frog-march. No Bush impeachment. No zip, zilch or nada.

Ahahahahaha! I love it! Another huge DemRat election loss coming up.....as history repeats itself.


11 posted on 07/20/2006 9:22:04 PM PDT by XenaLee
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To: notes2005

A friend of mine met GW at frat party in college. She was amazed at how friendly and kind he is in person. He had many reasons to be aloof, yet he was moving around the room asking various people if he could get them a drink, something to eat, etc.

Although she's always been a liberal, she voted for him twice - on the basis of his warm, friendly appeal. She says he's a real southern gentleman with no hang-ups.


13 posted on 07/20/2006 9:24:00 PM PDT by Humidston (Congress is like the Mafia - NO PAY, NO PLAY.)
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To: notes2005

The same libs who had rationalized Clinton's Lewinsky-job think this is inappropriate?!!


14 posted on 07/20/2006 9:24:11 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: notes2005
It was a quick, playeful squeeze. Informal, yes, but entirely innocent and perfectly consistent with Bush's friendly and relaxed nature.

Merkel's "grimace" and seemingly involuntary upthrust arms struck me as more the reaction of someone who is highly ticklish.

15 posted on 07/20/2006 9:25:53 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: notes2005

Yeah, President Bush is such a sexist (and racist too)!

That's why he has the most diverse cabinet of any U.S. President.

Much ado (doo-doo) about nothing.


16 posted on 07/20/2006 9:27:15 PM PDT by KJC1 ("Thank you for the Hezbollah view." (Tony Snow to Helen Thomas))
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To: notes2005
Wow, he says one cuss word and suddenly he's more popular than Justin Timberlake. We need to have Eminem writing W's speeches.

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Just kidding.

18 posted on 07/20/2006 9:30:02 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: ansel12

Yeah that's it . She's doomed now .......


19 posted on 07/20/2006 9:30:32 PM PDT by FRONTLINER (Harris is done . McBride can beat Nelson for Florida Senate '06 ! And he's Conservative !)
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To: notes2005

He held hands with a Sheik does that mean he is gay? He kissed Rice does that mean he cheats? It was not a back rub it was a "How Ya Doing Dude" He treated her like one of the Guy's just like liberal women want.


20 posted on 07/20/2006 9:33:03 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: ManningMillworks

I've lived in Germany and I think there might be something to your comment. In my experience too Germans tend to be formal and standoffish. Unless they're three hours into a beer tent.


21 posted on 07/20/2006 9:33:11 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: notes2005

One of my cousins is like that. He somehow knows when someone has a knot in their shoulder & takes it upon himself to do something about it. For a moment, hurts like heck (grimace). Beats the heck outta someone biting their lower lip & telling you they feel your pain.


23 posted on 07/20/2006 9:36:22 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: ManningMillworks

"This isn't a Sigma Chi kegger, it's the G-8 Summit,"

LOL Can't say I disagree but Bush is a very freindly personable fellow so how about letting go of your uptightness for a few seconds and indulge the man."




I'm a little confused by your post.


24 posted on 07/20/2006 9:36:24 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: notes2005

Your link doesn't work.


25 posted on 07/20/2006 9:38:30 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Annoy the liberal media....Go here to Help.......http:// ElectHarris.com)
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To: notes2005

I think this is funny and hey if I were President I'd greet every German woman with a goose and a cigarette.


26 posted on 07/20/2006 9:38:57 PM PDT by Ma3lst0rm (He touched me, oooooo he touched me.)
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To: notes2005

It's just Bush acting like what he is. A Texan. lol


27 posted on 07/20/2006 9:39:50 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Brimack34
It was not a back rub it was a "How Ya Doing Dude" He treated her like one of the Guy's just like liberal women want.

I saw it and it was exactly as you describe. There was nothing demeaning - it was just a "hey there" kind of thing to someone he was happy to see. But the haters are peaking - he is having far too much success on the world stage lately.

28 posted on 07/20/2006 9:41:44 PM PDT by daybreakcoming ("We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail")
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To: ansel12
I'm a little confused by your post.

And I by yours.
29 posted on 07/20/2006 9:42:07 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: notes2005

5 seconds? I guess his career as a masseuse is not an option after his term is up.


30 posted on 07/20/2006 9:42:22 PM PDT by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: notes2005; billybudd; ansel12

Washington July 20, 2006

President George W. Bush playfully slaps U.S. Congressman Al Green (D-TX)

Picture at # 36

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1669542/posts?page=36#36


32 posted on 07/20/2006 9:49:53 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: LucyT

"President George W. Bush playfully slaps U.S. Congressman Al Green (D-TX)"


That is a positive action in this country (with a male), and warmth with either sex works generally, but he may have made Merkel look subservient to her critics.


33 posted on 07/20/2006 9:57:25 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: notes2005

Fortunately, Bush ain't running for anything ever again, so he doesn't have to worry about this nonsense. Also, he's a big enough man to put up with some ribbing. He often makes jokes at his own expense, which all confident men do. Whatever tweetie bird wrote this can go suck his thumb in the corner.


34 posted on 07/20/2006 10:18:19 PM PDT by karnage
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To: Brimack34

I think you've got it there.


35 posted on 07/20/2006 10:25:19 PM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: JulieRNR21

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUTwaSPcGno&search=merkel

Got to say, her reaction didn't look good...


36 posted on 07/20/2006 10:32:29 PM PDT by DB (©)
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To: DB

Thanks for the link that works.

Looks to me like she was startled and surprised.

But I'd be happy to have him give me a 'back rub' anytime.....LOL


37 posted on 07/20/2006 10:38:25 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Annoy the liberal media....Go here to Help.......http:// ElectHarris.com)
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To: Humidston

A very close family friend who is a firm democrat, met President Bush and she was completely won over by him. For her to be that impressed, he must be very charming.


38 posted on 07/20/2006 10:39:50 PM PDT by Not just another dumb blonde
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To: notes2005

So now Bush is a perv? What about Clinton?


39 posted on 07/20/2006 10:39:56 PM PDT by Dallas59
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So now Bush is a perv? What about Clinton?



They both can't? I am not saying that but the way you present your questions it only looks like one can be. Every President could be a perv just like any body in the World can. I don't think that President Bush did anything outrageous. However, I will admit that if I did that to the women in the office it could conceived as Sexual Harassment. The actual working environment does not allow for that.
40 posted on 07/20/2006 10:44:20 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: DB

I don't think Bush looked too bad. He does it with men too. Rather, it looked like an over-reaction on her part. She looks hypersensitive to the point of bizarre. You know the type. The reaction makes one wonder if she would lose it in a crisis. People feel comfortable with a calm and steady leader. Her reaction did not demonstrate this.


41 posted on 07/20/2006 10:46:50 PM PDT by bluefish (Holding out for worthy tagline...)
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To: notes2005

Libs just can't stand for Bush to ever be shown in a favorable light.

Remember their hysteria over his landing on the Aircraft carrier and being photographed in the flightsuit?


42 posted on 07/20/2006 10:53:37 PM PDT by Zman516 ("Allah" is Satan, actually.)
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To: notes2005
Well.... maybe her G-Spot was hit just right at the G-8????

~GCR~

43 posted on 07/20/2006 11:02:27 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("FLOGGING will continue until MORALE IMPROVES" - T-shirt)
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To: notes2005

Maybe the gesture was out of place, but it's unfortunate that we have not been able to see the president as a man in his presidency. We've had to view him as a warrior protecting this country.

He really does cause the images of those around him to become real. And not just unreachable leaders on a stage.


44 posted on 07/20/2006 11:09:56 PM PDT by swheats (BE STRONG. STAY VIGILANT! Our Victory depends on you.)
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To: notes2005

Liberals Are Just Jealous President Bush Is A Personable Man

President Bush congratulates Margaret Spellings on being nominated for Education Secretary in this photo taken on January 20, 2005.


45 posted on 07/20/2006 11:14:08 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: napscoordinator
Just waiting for the left to start making comparisons between what Bush did and what Clinton was impeached for.
46 posted on 07/20/2006 11:20:18 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Darkwolf377
The "highlight" of this article is this backrub thing, but notice how quickly they toss in the swearing incident, trying to lump it all in as "Bush's gaffes". One of the most liberal people I know told me when Bush swore about Syria, it was the first time he really considered Bush president!

I am not surprised by that. The left needs "primitiveness" to show someone is "human." It's like Clinton getting oral sex in the oval office from a lowly female intern half his age. It showed his humanity, how real he was, and therefore how qualified he was to hold his office.

This is the shallowest thinking you can imagine, but it animates the mind and feelings of a liberal.

47 posted on 07/20/2006 11:23:42 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: notes2005

I think this was just crossed wires, she wasn't expecting it and maybe she was lost in thought and it startled her.

I think the president is just a physical and protective guy who shows his affection in this manner.

I should know I am the same way, very rarely I might startle someone; especially women as they seem a little more jumpy then men. When I do I apologize and try to find out how I misjudged. This usually involves explicitly discussing the matter with the woman. Usually it is just a case of bad timing or she didn't care, it was just an unconcious reaction.

Often if I know her well and she has a good sense of humor I might do it again to break up the monotony or for fun.

I have encountered people who seem to think I am somehow trying to come onto the woman or girl, which I find odd because I treat everyone in a similar way (from my dog and my mother to my friends).

It seems like there are those who see any interaction between a man and woman as sexual. I have even had people imply that I was interested in women old enough to be my grandmother at times, which I found quite disturbing and odd.

I feel sad for people who can only relate to members of the opposite sex in a sexual manner. I can't envision a happy marriage for them at any rate.


48 posted on 07/21/2006 1:20:10 AM PDT by demecleze
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However, I will admit that if I did that to the women in the office it could conceived as Sexual Harassment. The actual working environment does not allow for that.

Get out of that place. Our accounting woman have a sign in the office "Sexual Harassment Acceptable, and Encouraged"

Of course, these woman are both attractive and competent so they don't have to fall back on victimology.

49 posted on 07/21/2006 2:17:58 AM PDT by leadhead (Itís a duty and a responsibility to defeat them. But it's also a pleasure)
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To: notes2005
Hey where is that clip where Clinton is groping a woman's leg and she flips him the bird?
50 posted on 07/21/2006 3:08:15 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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