So, 41’s press spokesman, Jim McGrath, is once again issuing the statement that was created in response to the accusation from the first teenage groping victim: ““George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo op.” Well so far we’ve got six women (not all were teenagers when he groped them) who’ve come forward, and Bush’s blanket apology is supposed to do for all of them.
The now-beleagured press guy has tried to explain it all away on Bush Sr’s. attempt to make women standing next to him during a photo op feel more at ease (while he was feeling their tookus) “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.” Hmm, then I suppose Bush thought that by telling each young groping victim that his favorite book was “David Cop-a-Feel” it would make him look like harmless, silly ol’ Grandpa to them. “Oh don’t mind him. You know how Grandpa is.”
None of that worked either so they bring on talk show surrogate Ben Shapiro who tries to sweep it all under the rug by floating the image of Bush as helpless, harmless ol’ Grandpa, so feeble that he’s confined to his wheelchair and and can no longer control where his arms fall. Look at most of the photos the corporate media are posting when they post these stories. There’s George H.W. looking old and feeble, and looking somewhat Parkinson’s-like in his facial expression…in a wheelchair. Yes, Bush has an actual debilitating disease, and his people are playing it for all its photo-op, explanatory worth.
However, look at the photo that is being posted by some media news organizations–God love the British–of Bush’s physical condition when this latest alleged teenage girl butt groping occurred. This was back in 2003. There’s George H.W. at 79, looking full of vigor, in full control of his arms, standing tall and erect. And at the exact moment this photo was taken, grabbing a 16 year old girl’s buttocks.
And now Laura Bush to daddy-in-law’s rescue yet walking it back at the end: “I’m just sad that we’ve come to this. That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.”
Yes, Laura, Bush feels terrible. Feels terrible at being caught. Too bad you can’t know how terrible his sixteen victims (and most likely counting) feel.