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No Handshakes for Bush at G-20 Reception

Posted on Nov 21, 2008
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As President Bush shuffled through the reception line before a photo op last Saturday at the G-20 summit in Washington, visiting heads of state seemed to give him the cold shoulder, even as they greeted other attendees with a handshake. What gives?



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By NICORICO, November 23, 2008 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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It seems to me that if anyone was giving the cold shoulder, it was bush.  The leaders already in place seemed to be waiting for the leaders entering to initiate the hand shake.  Bush made no seemed to make no attempt to even make eye contact, let alone reach out and shake is hand.  I believe that this was an intentional gesture Bush made in front of the camera and it may represent his typical way of dealing with the world. 

To me that gestures his disinterest in any views except for those of his handlers.  It was a gesture saying:“Either your follow, or you don’t count”.

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By Howard Mandel, November 23, 2008 at 7:39 am Link to this comment
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According to the White House he already shook all the leaders hands off-camera.

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By tony1964, November 22, 2008 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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I wouldn’t shake this idiot’s hand either, so no surprise there.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 22, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

I’m with Troublesum on this:

This is the kind of garbage and creative editing we expect from the Fixed Noise Network, not the real news media.

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By troublesum, November 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Patsfan1281 is right.  Bush had already met each of the leaders individually and shaken hands with them.  Somebody is making up news.

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By Juan, November 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment
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This story was a hoax. Made up by CNN.

lol suckers

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By CanadianBystander, November 21, 2008 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

That’s some impressive google research there CNN

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By patsfan1281, November 21, 2008 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

As much as I dislike the President and would like to think he was being snubbed, according to CNN he had already done handshakes with everyone prior to this video. Apparently those shaking hands had not seen each other yet and they weren’t ignoring him.

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By Casey, November 21, 2008 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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...he was looking for his mark on the floor for the photo-op (as were other leaders in the longer clip). Which is not to say he wasn’t still under-whelmingly welcomed (still less to suggest I would care if Bush was treated like the G20 Untouchable), but this is just CNN doing a crap job of its job.

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By Steph, November 21, 2008 at 6:02 am Link to this comment
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One sentence (plus an “ouch”) over the top of a loop of a 15-second video clip constitutes drilling beneath the headlines?  Please.  Yes, it looks strange.  But other people were shaking some hands while skipping others.  He wasn’t reaching out and being rebuffed.  “Drilling beneath the headlines” would be finding out the story behind this - not posting a clip from CNN *Headline* News.  Were they all having coffee 5 minutes prior and he had shaken all the hands then?  Yes, I’d like to know the facts behind this.  Assumptions, however, do not the facts behind the story make.

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By xypher, November 21, 2008 at 4:49 am Link to this comment

‘history’ will not be so far away as he once prayed for. Karma is both sublime and in your face. See you in hell George.

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By Outraged, November 21, 2008 at 2:22 am Link to this comment

LOL.  Good for them.

I still give the young guy who was instrumental in the rescue of the children from the school bus after the bridge collasped in MN and THEN refused to accept Bush’s “thanks”, more credit.  That was truth to power!

Just the same, good for them.

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