Bush, Clinton, and the Politics of a Wipe

By Jonathan Blakely

Mar 24, 2010 11:49am

ABC News’ Rick Klein and Huma Khan report: Did that post-presidential comity get wiped away?

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush traveled to Haiti together this week for their first joint trip to the country they’ve been helping to rebuild, in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

They’ve been doing what politicians do — working crowds, offering smiles, grabbing hands.

In one such gathering, Bush reached out and touched his predecessor, too — in what appeared to be more than a friendly pat. From the video, it looks like Bush was wiping his hand on Clinton’s shirt after gripping and grinning with a group of Haitians.

Watch for yourself HERE.

Maybe it’s just that there wasn’t any hand sanitizer in reach. As President Obama recounted in “The Audacity of Hope,” President Bush really likes using the stuff.

In his memoir, Obama recounts his first meeting with President Bush, in early 2005:

“Obama!” he said, shaking my hand. “Come here and meet Laura. Laura, you remember Obama. We saw him on TV during election night. Beautiful family. And that wife of yours – that’s one impressive lady.”

“We both got better than we deserve, Mr. President,” I said, shaking the First Lady’s hand and hoping that I’d wiped any crumbs off my face.

The president turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president’s hand.

“Want some?” the president asked. “Good stuff. Keeps you from getting colds.” Not wanting to seem unhygienic, I took a squirt.

Watch the top 10 funniest George W. Bush moments HERE.

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