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March 25th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Did Bush wipe hand on Clinton?

(CNN) – A new viral video has people asking, did former President George W. Bush wipe his hand on former President Bill Clinton after shaking hands in Haiti?

We've tracked down a couple theories. Plenty of news reports imply, or flat out say: Yeah, that's exactly what happened. But other reports say it was probably an affectionate pat on the arm, or that former President Bush, who's known for being on time, could have been tugging on former President Clinton's sleeve trying to keep him on schedule.

You make the call.


Filed under: Politics
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Bob A

    It is probably not a story of consequence but it is funny. It just had to be Dubya, didn't it. The man is a buffoon no matter what he does. (For 8 years, he was a dangerous buffoon but we don't need to go into that). It does not seem to be a racist act so much as an ill-timed and ignorant one. But that's George...

    I live in Canada. Unlike Olympic Hockey, we can't beat the Americans when it comes to idiot politicians. But don't think we don't try.

    BTW: Some of these comments are funnier than the video. Jeff Hicks and That Guy, I am looking at you.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  2. Jeff Hicks

    He did wipe his hand on his shirt but come on... it is not a republican thing, it is a politician thing. THEY ARE ALL RICH dingle berry. I'm homeless and still a republican. Who we have running Washington dems and reps need to get a new job and let none Elitist run this country. Im sick of being lied to.

    But Bush is for sure a racist after that act and Bush sold us down this river like Obama is and the rest of them have been. You think Obama likes white people... I think not even if he is half white.

    March 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  3. Gail

    Who cares!

    March 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  4. Charlotte W.

    I don't think Bush deliberately wiped his shirt on Clinton, because he made contact with a Haitian. That is what people want to say.

    I think it is GREAT that two Presidents are working together, for a GOOD cause. This should be our focus. Forget about the shirt.

    March 26, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  5. mae

    Did anyone think to offer hand sanitizer to the Haitian?

    March 26, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  6. Lola

    I agree with Mithchell. I can hardly believe that this a story worth reporting. This story can potentially be said to be "causing hate" towards Mr. Bush....who at least is trying to do something noble, along with Mr. Clinton in Hati.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  7. sherry

    This is just plain silly. Did anyone catch that Clinton wiped his own hand on his shirt right after? Maybe, everyone was just a little sweaty.

    March 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  8. Tim

    Lol. Who cares. It does look like it though. These guys are friends in the smallest fraterity in the country.

    March 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  9. nelco

    "Michaela" says: The only time republicans wash their hands is after they
    have done some back room deal" Are you sure you are not talking about
    Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? HE HE, Come on!

    March 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  10. Glenda

    With the video being "cut off" as soon as the incident happens doesn't allow for one to see what happened afterwards. I also notice another hand (with a long sleeve shirt) reaching for Clinton's arm just before the video is "cut off." Maybe they were trying to get Clinton's attention? If we could see the rest of the video it might shed light on what really happened

    March 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  11. That guy

    Danny Smith – You can't spell. Maybe if you were more educated you wouldn't have been as expendable at your job and perhaps you'd be more in demand for a new one. We SHOULD all have health care, but public health care is not the answer. Like you said yourself, the wealthy are not really looking out for the little guy. It's up to the little guy to make himself more competitive, better himself so that he is never out of a job for 14 months. The minimum wage is for kids under 18, part-time jobs and illegals; anything above minimum wage as well as the benefit of private health care provided by an employer are for people who have worked hard to gain footing in a job or a CAREER. Take this opportunity to go back to school!

    March 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  12. MissyR

    He TOTALLY wiped his hand on Clinton's shirt! Laughing loudly right now, but good on him anyway for being there. They are both working their you-know-whats off.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  13. Mitchell

    Why is this silly crap even a story????

    March 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  14. maliheh

    George W.bush video in #haiti was "doctured"..and im no fan of him but i appreciate his hard work there

    March 25, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  15. Richard

    Keeping him on time my butt, Bush got more than he wanted from someone during his handshake and clearly wiped it off on Clinton's arm.

    March 25, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  16. Annetra White

    Hand sanitizer anyone?

    March 25, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  17. michaela

    You got to remember Bush is a republican they don't like touching or brushing up against normal, average humans they might get cooties,but President Clinton hes a good man and he knows that the average person has less cooties than a republican. The only time republicans wash their hands is after they have done some back room deals.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  18. Salim

    I don't belive this guy. He just wiped his hand with Clinton's shirt.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  19. Danny Smith

    I have been out of a job for 14 months now and I have no incurrence. The so called cobra act is a joke if I had $500 a week then I could have kept my police. This is way we need this. It is a shame that the American upper class the wealthier pepale is fighting health care so hard. And now with John Banner!! The republic leader as normal are for the wealthy. We all should have health care.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:32 am |