Uh, Is This My President?
Isn't this taking the diplomatic handshake a little too far? I know the prince is wearing a dress n all, but George, it's a man, baby. That mustache and goatee are a dead giveaway.
I had a couple of male students in Taiwan that used to like to hold my hand. It felt . . . odd. How much odder it must feel for a Texas shit-kicker to hold a man's hand.
This Blog Is Full Of Crap has an absolutely hilarious takedown of the full series of pics. Go forth, and be amused.
Update: Okay, when Say Anything and Oliver Willis are both scornful of the president for holding this guy's hand, I know it has hit a nerve. I would link to Willis' site, but it takes longer than 5 seconds to find his permalinks (if they even exist) so, Oliver, you're outta here.
And, commenters at Willis' site are saying that we should perhaps not make fun of this because it is some kind of quaint middle eastern custom. Oh come on. They are in Texas, for crying out loud, not Riyahd. When in Texas, do as the Texans do should be the rule. I am also quite sure the prince knows that american heteronormative males do not hold hands.
Update II: And that is another thing, Oliver, if holding his hand makes Bush a 'disgusting appeaser' what would you have Bush do? Spit in his eye, and say 'you can keep your filthy oil, sir!'? And bin Laden is not as chummy with the Saudi royal family as Oliver makes it out to be. If bin Laden were to fly back to Saudi Arabia, he would be dead before his feet touched the tarmac, a la Benigno Aquino.
Wow, this post is the gift that keeps on giving.
Added a link to OTB for their Beltway Traffic Jam.