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This ABC video captures what appears to be President George W. Bush wiping his hand on President Bill Clinton's shirt after greeting Haitians by shaking their hand.

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He was telling Clinton "it's time to go". Just a pull back on the shoulder to inform him time was up for that photo-op.

Posted by: kirklindberg | March 24, 2010 2:12 PM

If Bush was going to be that rude, he should have kept his delicate hands in his pocket. I would not have wanted to shake his hands for fear of getting snot on mines. Or better yet, transfer some devil cells.

Posted by: margaretthompson1 | March 24, 2010 2:47 PM


Posted by: trident420 | March 24, 2010 3:30 PM

he was proving Kanye West right. George Bush hates people of color--especially the poor.

Posted by: map529 | March 24, 2010 4:09 PM

He was clearly passing on his bad mojo to Clinton who the people in Haiti love.

Posted by: msjn1 | March 24, 2010 4:26 PM

Clinton's shirt was impregnated with Purell.

Posted by: hlabadie | March 24, 2010 5:37 PM

A non-issue yet the Post does not run a poll about the vice-president uttering profanities into a live microphone.

Posted by: MKadyman | March 24, 2010 5:56 PM

What is George Dubya Bush doing ? Being a Dummy of course, duhhhh.

Posted by: truthhurts | March 24, 2010 6:00 PM

He still had some blood to wipe off from his war crimes/ war for profits.

Posted by: revbookburn | March 24, 2010 6:04 PM

He' trying to get that black stuff off his hands.

Posted by: linguine33 | March 24, 2010 7:40 PM

Isn't it possible that he shook a hand that was just sweaty/wet/sticky? I don't like Bush either, but this is silly. This shouldn't be news.

Posted by: ekhill | March 24, 2010 8:23 PM

Isn't it possible that he shook a hand that was just sweaty/wet/sticky?

Then he should have wiped it off on his own shirt. But then the drunkard never took responsibility for anything he's ever done in his entire worthless life.

He should be allowed to just disappear into the rest of the mold.

Posted by: rcubedkc | March 24, 2010 8:35 PM


Just emphasizes how desperate news hounds are to create faux (pronounced "Fox") news.

Posted by: lufrank1 | March 24, 2010 8:44 PM

He's patting him down for weapons of mass destruction. They're out there somewhere.

Posted by: patrick3 | March 24, 2010 8:55 PM

This is absurd. Obviously a slow day at the news office once again.

Posted by: theFieldMarshall | March 24, 2010 10:27 PM

It really does look like he's wiping his hand on Clinton's arm. But to his credit, lots of people (in both the first and third worlds) have nasty things on their hands. But still, wipe it on your own pants.

Posted by: SCL24 | March 24, 2010 11:06 PM

I couldn't bring myself to shake Bush's hand. There's to much 'BLOOD' on his Hands.

Posted by: austininc4 | March 24, 2010 11:18 PM

Seriously? I mean, seriously? This is worth getting on the paper's website?

He was patting him on the shoulder, give the man a break. There's no problem having a little field day for when he says stuff like "misunderestimate," but this is just pathetic on the media's part. They were walking around all day, and there's one little bit of footage that looks almost-sorta like Bush was wiping his hand on Clinton's sleeve. If you went over all the camera footage from that day, you'd probably find something done by Clinton that looked just as embarrassing.

I don't think this reflects at all anything about Bush's character or intelligence. It's just a perfectly ordinary happenstance that looks slightly iffy from that angle. All this tells me is that the Post considers Bush's slightest almost-social-mistake as consequential as his and Clinton's visit period.

Posted by: icomeanon4 | March 24, 2010 11:25 PM

He looked like after he had had enough of touching the hands of hundreds of common people he (east coast frat boy) needed to wipe off any cooties that might have got on his hand before they crawled up his arm! I was just surprised he wiped his hand on President Clinton! Mr. Clinton didn't seem to have the same problem in shaking peoples hands! Way to go Mr. Clinton, my hero!

Posted by: lunetrick | March 24, 2010 11:27 PM

Let's ask his mom. Boys will be boys.

Posted by: lkovathana | March 24, 2010 11:36 PM

It would not matter what he was doing, YOUR paper would try to make it into something evil. I don't even know why I read your rag.

Posted by: Carole_ | March 24, 2010 11:50 PM

He's a weasel that wipes his hands on another man's shirt. Typical of him.

Posted by: alarico | March 25, 2010 2:15 AM

Oh Bush... what a goofball.

Posted by: kingbobdoleiv | March 25, 2010 4:07 AM

What's the matter. Running out of occasions to blame Bush for something. When you slowed it down he was patting Clinton. If you are disgusted, you don't involve yourself in the act. He was going down the line and continued down the line. Why weren't you asking about Bubba not wiping something off on the intern's dress.
You people are unbelievable.

Proving Kanye West right? Yeah there is a bastion of lucidity and reason. Have another cognac.

Posted by: theduck6 | March 25, 2010 7:25 AM

uuuuh lufrank1?
faux news = FOX News?

Better check the sources here before you open the pie hole.Or in this case the virtual pie hole. ABC News and the Washington ComPost.

Posted by: theduck6 | March 25, 2010 7:28 AM

Like Pontius Pilate, he's washing his hands of the whole rotten mess.

Posted by: bdunn1 | March 25, 2010 7:46 AM

When bush was president, he was known to have an aide nearby with hand sanitizer at all times when he needed to shake hands with people, even in an official capacity! Bush was paranoid about germs, and it is clearly evident when he wiped his hand on Clinton's shirtsleeve!

If I was Clinton, I would have elbowed him and told him off. Better still, I would have wiped the bottom of my shoe off on bush's butt!

I can just imagine how bush hated being in Haiti with all those black people. He didn't care for them in Louisiana, and he didn't care for them in Haiti, obviously!

Posted by: cashmere1 | March 25, 2010 7:49 AM

At least he didn't barf on him...

Posted by: rwolf01 | March 25, 2010 8:09 AM

He was wiping his hand after shaking hands with a sweaty handed Haitian.

Posted by: rosemeadoil | March 25, 2010 8:48 AM

He was thinking, "Ew, my hand actually touched a black person. I'll use old adulterous Clinton to wipe the filth away."

Posted by: coloradodog | March 25, 2010 9:02 AM

This is a non-story. Republicans can't stand poor people, especially the ones with dark skin. And since there's no point in tricking these particular poor people into voting for the GOP, touching them is icky. Don't understand why this is news.

Posted by: mack1 | March 25, 2010 9:24 AM

The people of Haiti are the ones who should wash their hands after being soiled by touching Bush. What a jerk,he can't do anything right.

Posted by: wcoffey20 | March 25, 2010 9:32 AM

"Isn't it possible that he shook a hand that was just sweaty/wet/sticky? I don't like Bush either, but this is silly. This shouldn't be news."

Very silly, of course, and very possible that the hand he shook was sweaty or wet. If so, then why not wipe your hand on yourself?

This fits in with the view that most here have of GW Bush, that he doesn't want to get his hands dirty. Or he doesn't like black people, or poor people, or whatever.

What is a story of amazing proportions, is that GW Bush is actually doing anything at all! Who tells him to go to these things?

Posted by: thomp | March 25, 2010 9:42 AM

It was both. He was saying "Bill, let's go..." AND he was wiping whatever was on his hand (sweat?) from all the hand-shaking on Clinton's shirt because, well because he's George W. Bush and that's just how he rolls.

Posted by: bigfoot1 | March 25, 2010 10:16 AM

George W. Bush is the worst president in my lifetime, perhaps in American history. There is no need to invent ways he disgraces our country and himself. This is silly.

Posted by: tomguy1 | March 25, 2010 10:18 AM

To answer this question seriously (because the temptation to poke fun is compelling), I think Bush is very happy with the reception he and Clinton are getting. He is not used to this kind of praise. And his "lingering" pat to Clinton tells us that his heart is with Clinton in this instance.

It is rather nice when the people love the politician...

Posted by: paultaylor1 | March 25, 2010 10:29 AM

He was off American soil... he should have been arrested.

Posted by: whocares666 | March 25, 2010 10:49 AM

Hard to tell why he was doing that - video is too brief - did he shake more hands; did he pat Clinton after each incident, etc. Could be making something out of nothing

Posted by: maribethevans | March 25, 2010 12:15 PM

Clearly, he does not know what he's doing...So how should I know what he was doing.

Posted by: jpenergy | March 25, 2010 12:19 PM

Ooooh yuck poor black people no oil executives or CEO's here I'd better wipe my hands...doe to doe

Posted by: jpenergy | March 25, 2010 12:24 PM

Note how, just before he touches Clinton, he gives his hand a little shake, just the way you would do if you had something nasty on your hand and wanted to shake it off. Clearly, he then comes up with a better idea and tries to pass off the wiping as a 'pat on the shoulder.'

Posted by: jjjunob | March 25, 2010 12:51 PM

Who cares?

Posted by: amckenz | March 25, 2010 1:11 PM

This is just payback for what Clinton did to that blue dress... ;)

Posted by: brak1 | March 25, 2010 1:31 PM

Looks to me as if Bush (who was a disaster as President) is merely saying to Clinton, and reinforcing by gently tugging on Clinton's arm, that it is time to stop shaking hands and move along. My interpretation could be wrong, but those who jump to the "he can't stand touching black people" conclusion seem to be letting their distaste for Bush cloud their judgment.

Posted by: jdnathan | March 25, 2010 2:09 PM

I think it started out as a pat, maybe one of the aides was saying let's go. Then he slowly seemed to wipe his hands.
So what? I'm sure in the heat down there, everybody gets sweaty hands. Maybe he didn't want to be obvious by wiping his pants, or getting a hanky.
I'm sure it is hot as hades down there and they are all out in the sun doing humanitarian work. All you who criticize, how about you go to Haiti.
Puh-leaze, there are a million ways to criticize GWB. This isn't one of them.

Posted by: jiboo | March 25, 2010 2:36 PM

This is not a story. The story is this man committed crimes against humanity without accountability.Shame on America.

Posted by: mansour112 | March 25, 2010 2:37 PM

Who could possibly care what this despicable little piece of lifeform is doing? At least he is doing it with a world-class sleazeball. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | March 25, 2010 3:19 PM

maybe it's weird, maybe not. Regardless, I completely agree with jiboo:

"there are a million ways to criticize GWB. This isn't one of them"

Posted by: tfspa | March 25, 2010 3:26 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! Bush was clearly wiping his hand off on the nearest clean surface. Did you see how he withdrew his hand first and shook it a little before he wiped it on Clinton's shirt? LOLOLOLOL!!! He must've shaken a sweaty hand or something. So uncouth! He should've wiped it on himself! LOLOLOLOLOL!!!

Posted by: forgetthis | March 25, 2010 3:39 PM

It amazes me how low the media will go to get George W Bush. The Washington Post is nothing more than a junk newspaper.

Posted by: jenkij | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM

I have nothing particularly good to say about George W. Bush; however, it really doesn't look as if he was trying to wipe his hands on Clinton's shirt. Maybe it was just some bizarre movement or perhaps he's trying to tell Clinton what a good fellow Clinton is. On this one, however, I think that Dubya gets a pass.

Posted by: jzrcsw | March 25, 2010 4:08 PM

Yes there are better ways to criticize shrub. Personally, I suggest doing it in a court of law at The Hague. Shrub lovers think this is piling on. Shrub is the gift that keeps on giving if you are comedian. What this displays, is his true nature. The bush crime family views everyone as their disposable wash cloth. America and more importantly the troops, have been disposable, as long as a war kept a bush in office. This is the birthright of the bush crime family. Everybody's shirt is there to be used by shrub, why should this clip be a surprise.

Posted by: arkadie7 | March 25, 2010 6:32 PM

George is still laughing at the idiots who elected the new acting president who will be a lame duck in November..

Posted by: Theo7 | March 25, 2010 8:34 PM

George Clown Bush is & always be a low class, cheap, ignorant idiot!!

Posted by: bobby20 | March 25, 2010 8:36 PM

When candidate Bush appeared on the Letterman show and (apparently) didn’t realize the cameras continue to run during breaks, he leaned forward and cleaned his glasses on the producer’s clothing while she was in front of the desk talking to Dave. The clip was added to a long list of favorite W moments, such as his spitting (a polite description of what he actually did) on his way across the White House lawn knowing he was in full view of the press corps cameras, talking/swearing with his MOUTH FULL at an international conference dinner, etc. So, yes, he wiped his hand on President Clinton’s shirt. That he felt the need to wipe his hand after shaking hands with the Haitians is another thing altogether and, sadly, the least offensive explanation is his lack of class.

Posted by: leo4mypost | March 25, 2010 9:06 PM

I think I'm liking Bush finally. I think it's a harmless gesture, but it sure looks funny.

I didn't think much of Bush as president, but Obama actually is making me miss the guy. Not because Bush is smarter, it's just that Obama has the knack for bringing in lousy people around him.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 25, 2010 9:52 PM

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