Something had to replace Plamegate right?
But seriously, watch the video. President Bush probably touched Chancellor Merkel’s shoulders for a second, more or less, and there is certainly not enough context in any video that I’ve seen to accurately measure her reaction. Yet liberals are acting like the President placed, um, something other than his hands on Merkel’s shoulders:
Digby: “Check out the look on his face. Does he look like he’s ‘just having fun’ or does he look like he’s putting the uppity b**** in her place?”
Taylor Marsh: “This is why Iraq and the Middle East are in flames, and we have no credibility around the world. We have a prepubescent president in charge. It is an outrage.”
Majikthise: “Every woman will recognize the guy who sidles up and starts ‘casually’ giving you a backrub without even looking at you, because he wants to preserve deniability in case you freak out. Like any practiced groper, Bush stares right past Merkel as she recoils from his touch. The play fails, but he just moves on, eyes averted, like it’s her problem.”
The Green Knight: “I’m going to go out on a limb and draw a conclusion here. I do not think that Bush is a dry drunk any more. I’m not sure he ever really was. I’ve had an alcoholic in my family, and believe me this is the behavior of somebody with a serious and ongoing drinking problem. And my guess is that Bush is a really belligerent drunk.”
UPDATE: Gropergate disappoints! Jon Stewart bungles a freebie: