An impromptu back rub that President Bush gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now massaging millions of funny bones.
Larry Sabato, professor of politics at the University of Virginia: "If they're not doing something that's embarrassing, they have nothing to worry about. 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.