It seems as though President George W. Bush can’t catch a break when going for a photo-op with a group of female athletes in Beijing. Beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor offered him the chance to give her a good luck slap to the rear (which he declined, sort of). And things didn’t get any better when he visited the US Softball Team over the weekend, judging by this photo:
What is on his back is the “handiwork” of Laura Berg, the veteran prankster of the US team. As she related to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, she managed to put a giant chalk handprint on his back without him knowing it. The look on the face of her teammate pretty much sums it up: “I can’t believe the President has been walking around this whole time with a chalk turkey on his back.”
It’s the kind of thing you expect to happen to freshmen pledging to a sorority, not to the leader of the free world. Judging by this, it would probably be easier to put a “Kick Me” sign on the back of President Bush than your average 11 year-old.
I just hope he doesn’t visit the women’s gymnastics team anytime soon. At this rate, Nastia Lukin will decide to one-up Berg by having her Russian father call President Bush claiming to be Vladimir Putin, letting him know that Russia has decided to invade Alaska. Hilarity, and global nuclear conflict, will ensue.
One other note about the picture: Apparently our President sweats. A lot. I know that it’s ridiculously hot and humid in Beijing, but the players (the ones actually working out in the heat) seem to be bone dry, while he looks like Patrick Ewing in a sauna. God bless Laura Berg for having the courage to touch Mr. President’s sweaty back.