Unless president George Bush has been taking correspondence courses in massage therapy, he probably shouldn’t have tried to give German chancellor Angela Merkel a very awkward neck massage. She didn’t look pleased about it either as Boing Boing writes:
Today, blogger Taylor Marsh posts photos of another “candid moment” in which President Bush gives an unsolicited, surprise neck-massage to German prime minister Angela Merkel. The Los Angeles Times reported:
“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.”
IANAFRE (I am not a facial recognition expert), but that doesn’t look like much of a smile to me, or a happy hand-gesture following. What odd manners the leader of the Western world has. Link
Eww, just eww. Of course, he’s married to this woman, so who the hell knows what he was thinking.
Update: James Wolcott takes on the role of:
Put simply, what Bush did is a very odd way for a married man to behave under most circumstances, even odder under these. I’m sure Lance Mannion, TBogg, and medal-honored veterans of matrimony will back me up on this: a husband’s reaching down to massage a woman’s shoulders is not standard operating procedure. Quite the opposite. It’s an invitation to trouble and lengthy interrogation–from questions that begin, “What were you doing?” and proceed, Pembleton-style, from there.