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Watch George W. Bush wipe something icky off his hand onto Bill Clinton’s shirt

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In the video, we have two former presidents in Haiti working what is essentially a rope line, shaking hands with local residents. Behind the presidents but out of view are Secret Service personnel and staffers, at least some of whom are equipped — as they are for every similar situation — with wipes, disinfectant soap and hand lotion.

In the video, we see George W. Bush, the blue-blood from the “let them eat cake” wing of the Republican aristocracy, shaking hands down the line until he apparently feels something gross on his hand. So he pauses, and instead of asking a staffer for a tissue, he reaches over and wipes his hand on the first available clean cloth he can find, which happens to be the shirt of President Clinton.

Is this an expression of his disdain for President Clinton because he’s a Democrat or a commoner, or both? Or is it just a revealing look at how truly feral and uncultured Bush is?

And why send him to Haiti in the first place? As we saw during his criminally negligent response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Bush has no empathy for underprivileged people, especially those of African descent.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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