During a visit to Port Au Prince, Haiti, former US Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton met with locals as they worked to rebuild their destroyed city. BBC video captured George W. Bush shaking hands with a Haitian local, and immediately wiping his hand on Bill Clinton's shirt.
George W. Bush apparently has an issue with shaking hands even before the H1N1 scare, as President Barack Obama discovered first-hand.
"Obama!" Bush exclaimed, according to Obama's account of the meeting in his second memoir, "The Audacity of Hope." "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."
The two men shook hands and then, according to Obama, Bush turned to an aide, "who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president's hand."
Bush then offered some to Obama, who recalled: "Not wanting to seem unhygienic, I took a squirt."
It's difficult not to draw a direct line between this handshake-wipe and Bush's treatment of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina trashed the city. When all eyes are on you, you simply have to develop better personal PR skills.
The story that this video tells is either "this guy doesn't like black people" or "this guy doesn't like poor people". Neither is the message that any aid group would willingly send: after all, an earthquake rebuilding zone will be, by definition, dirty.
Bush and Clinton are in Haiti on behalf of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.